June 30, 2017  |  Detroit Education Financial Health UpTogether Fund

Dawn Clark

My husband and I are long-term Brightmoor residents and proponents of high quality education for all, and we are frustrated with the lack of quality education options in our Detroit community.

After enrolling in FII, we opted to take advantage of FII’s zero interest loan to pay back our credit card debt so we could use the money we had been spending in interest charges to pay for transportation for our children to get to a private school 16 miles away.

We are both board members of the Brightmoor Alliance, a coalition of nearly 50 organizations dedicated to serving northwest Detroit’s Brightmoor community, and Jonathan is Board chair of 482 Forward, a citywide education organizing network in Detroit committed to ensuring that all Detroit children have access to an excellent education regardless of their race or socioeconomic status. We have also taken five trips to the state capital to advocate for our children’s education and Bridge Magazine, the New York Times, and the Atlantic have interviewed us about our advocacy.

We firmly believe that student success is the collective responsibility of the entire community and focus our energy accordingly.

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