This spring, 38 students from Hope Academy in Detroit traveled to Marygrove College to attend a College Day on campus and participate in a service project. Hope Academy Schools for the Future is a transformative, recuperative college prep model for students who need extra assistance in reading and math. Last fall, Marygrove's Office of Urban Leadership established a partnership with Hope Academy and launched a mentorship program between Marygrove's students and staff and Hope Academy's 9th grade class.
Marygrove is moving forward with community engagement by collaborating with nonprofit partners in the community to develop training programs that support the capacity of organizations to better serve the community. On July 28th, 2012 Marygrove College celebrated the first class of its Community Organizing Certificate (CO) Program. The members of this class represented some of Detroit’s most committed community-based organizations. Both staff and volunteers from the following organizations completed the Certificate program: Focus Hope, Grandmont Rosedale, MOSES, Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, Matrix Human Services and Michigan Roundtable.