Collaborative & Partnerships
FORD MOTOR COMPANY FUND
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services builds on their heritage of improving people’s lives and making the world a better place. They work with their partners to find innovative solutions to community concerns using a coordinated, strategic approach. Their efforts are concentrated on three key areas: community life, education and safety. Accelerate4KIDS® have been a dedicated partnered to improve the lives through youth education and training in computer science, game design and 3D printing technology at their Ford Resource & Engagement Centers (FREC). The centers include FREC Southwest (2826 Bagley Street, Detroit, MI) and FREC Eastside (15491 Maddelein Street, Detroit, MI 48205).
RacquetUP supports and empowers Detroit youth grades 5th-12th so they can achieve their full potential through a long-term, demanding, and inspiring mentoring program of squash, academics, and community service. Funding comes from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Kresge Foundation, and the McGregor Fund. Accelerate4KIDS® is a supporting partner for summer day camp to teach and encourage computer science to their Detroit youth at the Northwest Activity Center.
MEDC & GOOGLE CS FIRST
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Google partner with supporting organizations to advocate Google CS First for Michigan school students. Accelerate4KIDS® is a certified ambassador of the CS First program to provide in school and after-school. Every year at the Annual CS First Conference, MED, Google and its ambassadors provide a day of computer science education to middle school students across the state of Michigan.
UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION
The USTA Midwest - Southeast Michigan is the main sponsor and partner of the Tennis & Tech Saturday that provided kids ages 7-14 access to playing tennis while learning about a technology including drones, 3D printing and more. Each event introduces youth to the game of tennis and leaving them with a new racquet to take home. In addition, kids have the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with new technology they can tinker and learn about.
FIFTH THIRD BANK
Fifth Third Bank pride itself on their community involvement and continues to invest the time, resources, and people to help improve lives in the communities they serve. Through their generous sponsorship, they supported Accelerate4KIDS® Summer of Tech Detroit Camp that allowed over 50 inner city youth to participate. Kids learned about coding and 3D printing technology, was provided with breakfast and lunch, and received swags including t-shirts and sunglasses.
The Skillman Foundation funded the CAIS (Chronic Absenteeism Intervention Strategy) Program for Urban Neighborhood Initiative and its program providers to bring high quality after-school programs in Southwest Detroit while working to strengthen or build school attendance teams as a means to decrease chronic absenteeism. CAIS 1.0 was an intervention strategy pilot funded by the Skillman Foundation and was implemented at three middle schools across Detroit that launched in January 2018. CAIS 2.0 is the second phase that begins in 2019. It applied lessons learned in its pilot year and will be a collaborative, cross-sector effort between Detroit Public Schools Community District, Cesar Chavez Academy, Attendance Works, and high quality program providers. Accelerate4KIDS® is a partner organization providing computer science education for after-school and summer programming.
MICHIGAN ACCELERATE CS
The Michigan Accelerate Computer Science (MACS) is a collaborative group designed to encourage computer science education that includes organization like Google, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, AccelerateKID, Wayne State University, Detroit Public Schools Community District, WhooSaid and Accelerate4KIDS®. Their first project is to set the Guinness World Records title for "Most Users To Take An Online Computer Program Lesson Within 24 Hours". It will take place on December 11-12, 2020 during National Computer Science Education Week. Their feat is to have over 500 participants to complete a 30-minute lesson virtually. The event is currently planned to make Michigan history and you can participate for free by registering on our event page or at www.MiAccelerateCS.com.