The Sunbridge International Collaborative/Brightmoor Makers Program addresses the social challenges of underserved communities in an urban environment.
Although their neighborhoods are rife with abandoned houses, vacant lots, street crimes, and water contamination/shut-offs, their work entails healing community trauma through craftwork and entrepreneurial endeavors that engage young people through meaningful social entrepreneurship.
They currently offer woodworking, furniture making, building construction, bike mechanics, screen printing, gardening, and landscape.
They are deeply embedded in the local community and their partners include neighborhood block clubs and community-based organizations such as the Brightmoor Alliance, Connect Detroit, and Grow Detroit’s Young Talent.
They have noted amazing steps in social-emotional learning and practical skills development, and their program offers multi-year possibilities.
Whenever possible, they offer a small stipend to young people and help them to sell their high-quality products such as handcrafted community signage and refurbished industrial trikes back into the community.
They strive to create a sanctuary space for self-development and community transformation and have worked with hundreds of 14-24 year-olds since 2009.