“100 Women, Downtown Boxing Gym Unite To Help Detroit Students’ Reading Skills”
Detroit students are receiving literacy help thanks to a unique form of philanthropy: a donation of $1,000 each from 100 women. “Most students who come to Downtown Boxing Gym are one to three grade levels behind in reading skill,” said Academic Coordinator Kristin Lusk. “It can be frustrating to a child. It can weigh on your self-esteem and every other aspect of your life.”
Amy Bouque, Ally Financial, and Linda Kleist, Identity Creative, share their enthusiasm as members for the work of Impact100 Metro Detroit with Benzinga.com reporter, Dustin Blitchok, at the 2017 award winner of the $100,000 grant, Downtown Boxing Gym. Thank you to Benzinga.com and Dustin Blitchok for sharing the story!
Impact100 Metro Detroit, an Imact100 chapter that is cultivating transformation in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, provides an environment that is inviting and rewarding while giving women the ability to combine their money in order to make big contributions to local nonprofit organizations while taking an active role in the philanthropic process.
The 2017 $100,000 grant award went to Downtown Boxing Gym for their partnership program with Beyond Basics to establish solid reading skills in students. “Books Before Boxing” is DBG’s motto and they have tremendous results — in the first year, their students see an improvement, on average, of at least one letter grade. Most have at least a 3.0 GPA. The ability to read is fundamental to opening doors of opportunity and an enriched life.
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