Center for Success seeks to empower children and families to live successful lives. We target communities across South East Michigan with demonstrated need for educational and mentoring support for under-resourced students. Our Centers strive to alleviate the adverse effects of underfunded educational systems and expand opportunities for success. The Center for Success engages the community to support underserved children, increasing their prospects for becoming inclusive and productive members of society.


After School Programs


We provide structured after school programming for the length of the school year for elementary and middle school students. Each session includes transportation from partner schools, a nourishing meal, enrichment activities, and a one on one individualized literacy block designed with each students unique literacy needs in mind. Program partners provide opportunities for students to dig deeper into content area curriculum to support all subjects.


Summer Programs


We serve students, who are entering second through fifth grade, by creating individualized interventions based on their literacy needs. Through Summer of Success we connect parents, students, schools, and community partners to enrich the summer experience of our students by instilling routine with rigorous academic support. This program supports students during the summer to guard against the summer slide and allow them to enter next school year with a positive outlook.

Program Partners

Our students and their success is central to our decisions. The Center aspires to bring together those willing to support our students. From program partners to families, our goal is to bring together those who are working to lift up the youth so that through their potential they are compelled to lead us into the next generation. We will continue to partner with like-minded, youth serving organizations to engage our current and future students in various activities that channel their creativity, expose them to unique skill sets, and ignite their passion for education.

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Accelerate Kid- Students participated in beginning coding and applied 21st Century skills to complete projects during Summer of Success. 

AIA Detroit’s Architecture Building Communities: Detroit Program (ABC:D) – A K-8 outreach program partnering AIA, Cranbrook and the Center for Success. Mentors worked with youth to illuminate the planning process behind adaptive reuse, new construction, and urban redevelopment. Students were empowered to craft their own visions for how they’d like to see their community evolve. The program seeks not only to encourage youth to be involved in community engagement, but also to promote the value of STEM education. The funding proposal for the 2018-2019 iteration of this program has already been submitted and would include expanding to additional sites.

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Brilliant Detroit:  Brilliant Detroit homes provide holistic services for kids 0-8 predicated on evidence-based programs around health, family support, and education. Brilliant Detroit was born to create kid success neighborhoods. Today, in each location, neighbors come together for fellowship, activities and learning to assure school readiness, and provide needed support for families. Center for Success plugs in to Brilliant hubs to provide after school literacy instruction for 4-8 year old students.

Cooking Matters with Gleaners - A nutrition-education program that connects low-income individuals and families with food by teaching them how to prepare healthy, tasty meals on a limited budget.

Detroit Swims – A learn to swim program the students from the Center for Success can participate in by earning the opportunity through hard work and responsibility.

Ecoworks – Creates opportunities to learn and practice the sustainable use of energy and natural resources through innovative education. Center for Success Students worked with a Green Team for 6 weeks to plan, create, plant and grow a garden. 


United Shore Baseball – Center for Success students have participated in the Ribbi’s Rad Readers program for the past 3 years, completing reading challenges to earn a ticket to a baseball game!

East Side Youth Sports Foundation – Summer of Success students will travel to the dome on Mack each morning of our Summer program to participate in team building, athletic development, and field sports. 

Robotics – GM Partners in Pontiac and Liggett High School Robotics in Detroit have worked with students to design and understand robotics projects.

The First Tee of Greater Detroit – Students spent a week learning life skills and character education standards through the game of golf.