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Detroit Summer celebrates 20th anniversary, hosts July DFY gathering

DFY at Detroit Summer. COURTESY PHOTO

DETROIT — Detroit Summer celebrated their 20th anniversary with a special block party on July 14 at the Catholic Cultural Diversity Network Convocation (CCDNC) by hosting the July gathering of Detroit Future Youth (DFY).

“Detroit Summer just turned 20 years old and we just wanted to celebrate with all our friends and family,” said Dakarai Carter, one of Detroit Summer youth organizers. “We also want to let people know what we are doing in the community and let them know about Detroit Summer.”

Detroit Summer as is multi-racial, inter-generational collective in Detroit that has been working to transform communities through youth leadership, creativity and collective action since 1992, explained Carter.

The motto of the all-volunteer grassroots collective is: “It takes a village to raise a child. We believe it takes youth to transform the community.”

DFY aims to strengthen and deepen youth social justice organizing in Detroit by partnering with youth programs that focus on social justice based education and multimedia creation. The youth use digital media to transform themselves and their communities. DFY’s mission is to build a network whose vision is to grow a youth led-movement in Detroit.

Activities at the Detroit Summer block party included healthy food, live music, T-shirts, hoodies, mural prints, open mic poetry and special guests speakers. Organizers also highlighted the inspirational and educational art projects undertaken by Detroit Summer over the past few years.

For more information or to become involved with Detroit Summer, visit www.detroitsummer.org

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