February 2024


SAY Play promotes college accessibility

In partnership with Life Leaders Inc., SAY Play hosted Scholarship Marathon at the SAY Detroit Play Center on Saturday, Feb. 3. More than 30 students – high school juniors, seniors, and college freshmen – spent the day learning about college scholarships.

The event consisted of panel discussions with representatives from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and Wayne State University (WSU) schools of business, admissions, and career services. Students learned about the college application process, life on a college campus, and how to research for and apply to scholarships. Students applied for more than $275,000 in scholarships at the event. 

March is reading month!

In honor of March is Reading Month SAY Play is inviting members of the SAY Detroit community to volunteer 30 minutes of their time to read to SAY Play students during the reading literacy cohort sessions. Our goal is to promote a love for reading, enhance literacy skills, and foster community engagement. 


Calling all volunteers

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A Time to Help (ATTH) volunteers are needed to lend a hand to The Greening of Detroit on Saturday, March 23 from 9-11 a.m. at Optimist-Parkgrove Playground in Detroit. Join ATTH and The Greening of Detroit for a fun-filled day of planting trees and helping to expand Detroit’s canopy cover. All ages are welcome and training and tools will be provided on-site.

SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic hosts Wellness Wednesday

Held at the Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center in Highland Park on February 21, the meetup shared various local resources available to community members. It also welcomed Ashly Tutwiler from The Alzheimer’s Association,  a celebration of Black History Month, and a new raffle prize winner. 

Below is raffle winner, Ms. Ozella!

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SAY Play celebrates completion of the Kelly and Matthew Stafford & Friends Education Center!

On Monday, April 1, SAY Detroit will welcome Kelly and Matthew Stafford, the A.A. Van Elslander Foundation and the Clarence and Jack Himmel Foundation to the grounds of SAY Play to celebrate the opening of the recently constructed 15,000-sqaure-foot annex, which features six classrooms, learning labs and a theater.

The new space, launched by three leadership donations of $1 million each, would not have been completed without the generosity of hundreds of other donors, like you, who contributed over the past three years to this impressive initiative. The annex allows SAY Detroit to expand its services and house a growing and diverse range of programming, including vocational and technical training for adults. Stay-tuned for more details!

Save the Date for EAT Detroit!

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SAY Detroit’s highly successful EAT Detroit is Tuesday, June 18, 2024! EAT Detroit showcases our city’s diverse culinary scene with a one-of-a-kind experience benefitting our most underserved citizens, all in one night. Enjoy featured dishes and craft drinks from top restaurants while helping SAY Detroit provide pathways to success for Detroiters in need through learning, health care, and housing. 

It’s that time of year – tax season!

Tax season is a great time of year to make a non-cash donation to SAY Detroit! The gift of stock is a simple way to make a powerful gift and allows you to skip the capital gains tax. To learn more, please call us at 313-826-0111. 

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