Southfield (CBS Detroit) – The development of Marygrove continues as the former college is transformed with its focus on early education and surrounding community services to help young people, as the Marygrove Conservancy, Kresge Foundation, PNC Bank and others line up to help.
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Tom Lewand, CEO of Marygrove Conservancy, Richard DeVore, Regional President of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan at PNC, and Wendy Lewis Jackson, CEO of The Detroit Program at The Kresge Foundation, perform with Carol Cain, Senior Producer / Host, at CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” airs Sunday at 7 p.m. 8.00 to share the latest developments of this unique enterprise.
PNC Bank and Kresge also announced $ 57.5 million in additional funding to support the transformation of the Liberal Arts and Immaculata buildings on the Marygrove Conservancy campus into K-12 facilities for the school in Marygrove, a major phase of the evolving P-20 training continuum.
“This project will serve hundreds of school-age children and their families and will play a significant role in revitalizing and providing critical resources to the Livernois-McNichols community,” DeVore said.
PNC also brings one of its mobile branches, a 30-foot branch on wheels, to campus every two weeks to provide financial products and services and to help with financial knowledge.
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Lewand explained that Conservancy is a non-profit organization that was started in 2018 to manage operations and manage the 53-acre campus. The campus is being designed in collaboration with the surrounding Livernois-McNichols community as an educational, economic and civil anchor in its revitalization.
Lewand said it will include prenatal to Pre-K at the Marygrove Early Education Center, run by Starfish Family Services, K-12 at the Marygrove School in the Detroit Public Schools Community District in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Education, and there will be wrap-around services and engagement programs.
The goal is to serve 1,000 Detroit children and their families from the surrounding community.
Jackson, who has been involved with Marygrove since 2016 when the college experienced severe financial hardship and reached out to Kresge for help, spoke about its ‘cradle to career’ mission to help young people get off to a better start through early training and enclosing services on campus.
The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to build and strengthen roads to opportunities for low-income people in American cities and to remove systemic barriers to equality and justice. Kresge invests more than $ 160 million annually to help promote economic and social change.
She added about Marygrove, “this project is a testament to partnerships between institutions and the surrounding community.”
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