“A community characterized by economic growth and opportunity is directly linked to the level of educational attainment of the local workforce.”
Central High School is the oldest school in Detroit. It has a proud past, but hopes for a strong future. They are at a crossroads now, and The Mission Continues is poised to make an impact. Central High School became one of the lowest performing schools in Michigan and receives some of the lowest funding compared to the national average spent per student. Once an iconic institution responsible for educating 1500 students a year, the school now has fewer than 350 students enrolled and a graduation rate of less than 50 percent. Operational objectives are centered around helping transform Central’s current environment by creating conditions conducive to learning and establishing a safe environment for students and families of Central High School. The many challenges Central High School faces make the added capacity and resources provided by community partners and volunteers all the more important.
All Detroit 1st Platoon projects involve the feedback and direction of student leaders at Central High School. In partnership with the students and the community, a few accomplishments of the Service Platoon include:
- Developing and implementing a weekly in-school enrichment course for student service and leadership development. This service-learning course will be led by platoon members and will engage students in the planning and completion of self-directed service projects in the school and surrounding community.
- To engage students in a variety of productive activities within their school and community we; built covered dugouts for softball and baseball fields, designed and built two basketball courts, and repaired bleachers for the practice field.
- Created a mediation room as a safe space for students to promote school culture goals around self-awareness, respect, and safety.
Download the platoon brief to learn more about Detroit 1st Service Platoon.