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Community Engagement

Community Education Tools

Community education tools aim to bridge information gaps and meet needs identified by our community partners. These tools assist the public in making sense of complex public policies and connecting with available resources.


SummerWorks Mentoring Guide

SummerWorks is a community focused, public-private-university partnership serving youth in Washtenaw County, Michigan, through a 10-week summer youth employment program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SummerWorks launched a virtual mentoring program, and in doing so, staff discovered a need for comprehensive resources for effective mentoring. The mentoring guide outlines suggestions for mentor training and support, best practices for mentorship, and tips for structuring mentoring relationships in the form of potential meeting agendas, activities, and discussion questions.

View the SummerWorks Mentoring Guide

Detroit Home Repair Resource Guide

The Detroit Home Repair Resource Guide published by Poverty Solutions in 2019 aims to better inform Detroiters of available home repair programs so they can leverage the resources they need to keep up their homes.

Each program description in the guide includes the name of the program and administering agency, eligibility requirements, income guidelines, area of availability, type of repairs, how to apply, and contact information.

View the Detroit Home Repair Resource Guide