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On September 3rd, 2018 by Downtown Boxing Gym

Hitting the books: The boxing gym saving Detroit's youth

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DETROIT -- The buildings sit, one after another, on E Vernor Highway -- dilapidated houses, abandoned businesses, boarded-up structures, vacant lots populated by more weeds than cars driving down the multilane street.

It's a row of blight on the east side of Detroit, a city searching for recovery for decades. In the middle of this depression is a light, one...


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On September 3rd, 2018 by Downtown Boxing Gym

Jessica Hauser- 40 Under 40

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Jessica Hauser

In 2010, Jessica Hauser was busy with her studies, on a path toward a doctorate degree in political science at the University of Michigan.

But a personal training appointment led her to the Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit. After learning about the gym’s financially struggling youth development program that was having amazing results with local kids, she couldn’t turn back.

So...


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On April 10th, 2018 by Downtown Boxing Gym

Wilson Foundation donates $500,000 to Downtown Boxing Gym

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The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is donating $500,000 to the Downtown Boxing Gym to support its "books before boxing" program for students and build an apprenticeship program.

The two-year grant is the largest the Detroit nonprofit has received to date, and it will be put toward its goal of serving 250 students through the free afterschool academic and athletic...


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On April 5th, 2018 by Downtown Boxing Gym

Trapped In An Internet Desert, Detroit Teens Struggle To Stay Online

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Many without computers or reliable internet rely on free computer labs or public WiFi networks to do their homework.

Melanie Rayford, 18, plans to study software engineering when she enters college this fall. It’s a notoriously unwelcoming field for women of color, but she’s ready for it. Ideas for apps are already popping into her head, like one to...


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