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Happy July to you~ 
O ur school year finished very well. We had a party at the end of June to say goodbye to Megan and DJ, who are starting college soon, and to celebrate the work of all of the H.O.P.E. participants.
Yesterday, we went to the DIA to see the pictures and mural of the  great artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. 
Frida once said, "at the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can."
The participants of H.O.P.E. Summer Program are perfect  examples of teens who are enduring morning academics so they can do better in school.  Each one wakes up early to be at the clubhouse by 10 am because they know the importance of literacy and how being a strong reader has a positive impact on future success.  After reading, we move into other activities to stimulate intellectual development and growth.

Dedicated to Make a Change welcomes Daryl Holman as a youth advocate and the new Marketing Mastermind. Daryl comes from Eastern Michigan University, where he is currently getting his Masters Degree in Public Administration. Also, Cleo Ku, who worked as an intern and tutor during the school year, is now DTMAC's Office Manager.

We are practicing literacy and reading comprehension every week day this summer from  10 am to noon. Youth are also planning activities for their community every Thursday and Friday afternoon. Shakespeare Week, July 20th - 24th, we are going to study some of Shakespeare's greatest works and even learn Macbethian swordplay at the Ring of Steel. We will also have Life Skills Week, where we will about things such as making a budget, applying for a job, and going to an interview.

We will be going on field trips to places in Michigan and Ohio each week, including the  Motown Museum, Cedar Point, the Toledo Art Museum, and Kalahari Water Park.

The H.O.P.E. participants are hosting a Glow in the Dark party on August 1st. The purpose of this party is to promote positive interactions between young people in the community. All youth, 13-17 years, are invited to this event. The party will take place from 8:00-11:00 pm at  1015 N. Congress Ave. We are looking for chaperons and donations of food or money. If you would like to help, please contact us or visit us at the clubhouse.
River Walk Days
Steven eats his butterfly fries.

In a Macbeth reading circle.

Jasmon braves the high fall at Ring of Steel.
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Gail Wolkoff
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