Detroit Public Schools Volunteer Business Corps
Businesses/Organizations Optimizing Learning in Detroit (B. O. L. D.)
The mission of the DPS Volunteer Business Corps/B. O. L. D. program is to create robust partnerships between schools and area businesses and community organizations to improve academic achievement in schools throughout the district.
About the program
Area businesses and community groups may forge partnerships with one or more schools in an effort to support the district's rigorous academic plan. The Detroit Public Schools Volunteer Business Corps Office assists with and provides service to all partnerships, which include new partner pairings as well as existing school partnerships that chose to continue under the Volunteer Business Corps/B. O. L. D. model. Relationships are assigned based on the following priority areas.
- How the business/organization’s specialty aligns with the school’s academic focus
- Organization’s preferred school(s)
- Organization’s geographic location in relation to school building
- Previous school partnerships
Each partnership is unique, because it is designed by the partner organization in conjunction with the school’s principal or designee. Together, schools and their partners are developing programs that specifically address each school’s needs.
Training for Volunteers
Volunteer coordinators from each organization are required to attend a training session prior to starting their school assignment. Because seating is limited, we request that volunteers RSVP for training sessions to: (313) 870-3799 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DPS Volunteer Business Office can also bring the training to groups of 30 or more. For information, call the office at (313) 870-3799 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Any volunteer who will be working with or around students is required to have a background check. The checks can be conducted at any training session. Background checks cost $58.75, and payment should be in the form of Money Order, Cashier's Check or Business Check, payable to Detroit Public Schools.
Fingerprint Application Information Form
Staff at the DoubleTree Fort Shelby Hotel worked with students and staff at Gompers Elementary to build and maintain a vegetable garden.
To learn more, call (313) 870-3799
Phone: (313) 870-3799
News & Updates
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- Target Corp. and State Rep. Harvey Santana adopt Carver S.T.E.M. Academy during ARISE Detroit! Neighborhood’s Day
- Walmart surprises DPS teachers with $1,000 donation and gift baskets filled with back-to-school supplies
- Strategic Staffing Solutions donates nearly 500 books to Carver S.T.E.M. Academy
- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and PNC announce plans for 2014 Grow Up Great and Fifth Gear Education Program
- IKEA design team helps to create new “Ben Carson Reading Room” for Benjamin Carson High School students
- Comerica Bank and Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix announce “Free Prix Day” with driver Katherine Legge at Detroit International Academy
- Detroit Public Schools partner with Viacom to promote all day, every day attendance through “Get Schooled” campaign
- NAIAS Education Day Brings Youth, Auto Industry Together
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- Carver & Shulze students share Lemonade Day success on WJR 760 with Huntington Bank
- Carver S.T.E.M. Academy celebrates FUN DAY 2013
- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, PNC Bank and Detroit Public Schools host more than 500 Fifth Gear/Grow Up Great students at Education Day event
- Golightly Education Center students team up with Experian employees to learn about healthy foods and gardening
- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, PNC Bank and Detroit Public Schools host Fifth Gear/Grow Up Great Panel Discussion on Belle Isle
- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and PNC Bank Enhance Fifth Gear Program to Educate Students through Motorsports
- King Student Dontae Addison Shares Why He’s “In” to DPS!
- Strategic Staffing Solutions donates over 1,000 books to two DPS schools
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- Thank YOU PNC Bank, PNC Foundation and The Parade Company for Sponsoring the 2nd Annual ‘PNC Grow Up Great’ Family Fun Night
- U.S. Surgeon General Brings Healthy Lifestyle Message to Detroit and the Munger Pre-K to 8 School
- Marcus Garvey Academy Receives Newly Renovated Library from Target and The Heart of America Foundation
- Rodney Stuckey, the Detroit Pistons and PNC Bank Open “Live, Learn and Play” Classroom at Blackwell Institute with Basketball Clinic and School Supply Donation
- The Detroit Lions’ New Living for the City Initiative Supports Community Wellness, Workforce Development and DPS Schools!
- Southeastern students win scholarships at ESD Engineering SMArT Detroit Competition
- PNC Bank Fifth Gear and Grow Up Great Programs Showcase Racing to Over 600 Detroit Public Schools Students at the Grand Prix
- Over 1,000 Students Attend Construction Science Expo to Experience Construction/Engineering Careers
- Compuware Hosts End-of-the-Year Celebration for Marcus Garvey Students
- Clippert Students Participate in Spring Water Monitoring Rouge Education Project
- TCF Bank teaches Clark Preparatory Academy Students about Budgeting
- Southeastern Wins $5,000 in Fifth Third Bank Dave Ramsey Jeopardy Competition
- Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix & PNC Bank Announce New Motorsports Education Program Titled ‘Fifth Gear’ for DPS Students
- DPS’ “Grow Up Great” students participate in Auto Show Education Day thanks to PNC partnership
- DPS announces schools that will remain open over the holiday break, providing extended academic opportunities, free meals and food baskets to students in need, as well as workshops for parents
- New “I’m In” enrollment drive seeks to educate parents, display Detroit Public Schools competitive advantages, drive home attendance message
- Strategic partnership expert to lead Detroit Public Schools’ Volunteer Business Corps program under agreement with Skillman Foundation, Detroit Regional Chamber
- DPS Volunteer Business Corps surpasses goal of finding one business or community partner for each school
- DPS Volunteer Business Corps grows; First volunteer training session to be held Friday February 4
- DPS Volunteer Business Corps to hold kickoff on Thursday
- DPS Volunteer Business Corps grows; Gardner White Furniture, Tapper’s Diamonds become first Platinum sponsors with $20,000 gift
- Robert Bobb thanks B.O.L.D. supporters
- Banks, major university, hotel partner with DPS in new Volunteer Business Corps aimed at improving student achievement
- Detroit Public Schools to launch Volunteer Business Corps in January
- Coming Soon: The DPS Volunteer Business Corps
Preparing for your partnership
Training is an important part of ensuring success. The Detroit Public Schools Volunteer Business Corps Office will offer training for businesses, organizations and school leadership teams, so that the partnerships will be beneficial for all parties. The Business Corps Office will offer support to schools and their partners, once those relationships have been established.
Companies are required to choose TWO of the four following partnership models, in addition to other required program participation.
- Provide tutors who focus on reading, writing, math, social studies and/or science for no more than five students per session.
- Required contact time minimum is 12 hours per student, per semester.
The structure can be tailored to fit school and company needs, example: one person offering one hour of tutoring for 12 weeks or two hours every other week, etc.
Education to Life
- Provide job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships or employment opportunities for students.
- Guide students toward future careers through exposure to the organization’s specialty.
- Assist students in gaining knowledge about the job-search process, the interview process, college application and scholarship seeking, employment skills and resume writing.
Opportunities can include using extra-curricular activities that will enhance academic achievement, including experiences that can connect students to collegiate opportunities or career experiences
- Golf league
- Provide weekly one-on-one mentoring of a student.
School Beautification/Facility Improvement
- Coordinate projects to improve the learning environment twice a semester. Projects could include remodeling of a classroom, implementing a sustainability/greening project, sponsoring or facilitating environmental education projects, school building or classroom repairs and school grounds upkeep.
Participate in a one-day school service project
Work together on annual school cleanup/school enhancement event. This would be a district-wide, one-day event that would take place a day prior to the beginning of the school year. Business representatives, along with the school community, including parents, teachers and staff, would be expected to join together for this one-day project. School leaders and their corporate partners would design an appropriate project.
Participate in annual partner recognition event
DPS will recognize school partners through an annual recognition/appreciation event. The event will be sponsored by a program partner.
Other ways to help…
Following are some optional projects for enhancing your school partnership. They are not required.
- In-Kind- Contributions: To be determined in consultation with the school leadership team. Examples could include educational supplies, newspaper and magazine subscriptions or supplies for specialized programs, such as culinary, music, art, etc.
- Leadership Exchange: Principal/CEO for a Day – The school principal and the organization’s executive will switch jobs for a day to exchange ideas and best practices.
- Student Incentives: Offer incentives to improve student attendance, and academic performance including field trips, tickets to events, internships, book bags, supplies, etc.
- Professional Development: Offer teachers and principals professional development opportunities with business employees. Provide funds needed to attend seminars.
- Scholarships: Offer scholarships to qualified students to attend college, or other education experiences, such as seminars, competitions and conferences.
- Speakers: Sponsor speakers (authors, community leaders, etc) to visit the school and engage with students.
- Community Exposure: sponsor or chaperone field trips to cultural institutions, children’s hospitals, markets, parks, offer class tours of your company. Serve as guest speakers in the school.
Financial Sponsorship Only
Businesses/Organizations may also choose to be overall Volunteer Business Corps/B.O.L.D. sponsors, with the proceeds used to cover printing, marketing, program support and administrative costs.
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Partners are responsible for:
- Completing the web-based interest form
- Each volunteer must attend a partnership training session
- Designate a liaison to work with the leadership of the assigned school on the details of the partnership
- Ensuring that each volunteer completes the required background check, whose cost must be covered by either the volunteer or the organization.
Business Corps Partners To Date (Partial Listing)
- 21st Century Digital Learning Environments
- ATTC Enterprise LLC
- Barnstormers Flight Support
- Botech Corporation
- Brown Rehabilitation Management, Inc.
- Caring for Families, Inc.
- CCW Headquarters
- Circle of Friends Youth Foundation
- CK Elite Protection
- Community School Connection Inc.
- Crain's Detroit Business
- Crest Lincoln Mercury Inc.
- Davenport University
- Destiny Business Solutions
- Detroit Chassis LLC
- Detroit Council PTA
- Detroit Impact, Inc.
- Detroit Lions
- Detroit Regional Chamber
- Detroit's Next Generation Inc.
- Doubletree Fort Shelby
- DTE Energy
- Dust to Life Records LLC
- E-Business Strategies
- Education One, CDC
- Emmanuel Church of God in Christ
- Evans Distribution Systems
- Excellent Schools Detroit
- Fifth Third Bank
- Forman Mills
- Friends of Detroit City Airport Community Development Corp
- Frito Lay
- Gardner-White Furniture
- Good People Popcorn
- H&H Landscaping & Snow Removal
- Healthy Kidz Inc.
- Higher Praise Dance Academy
- Johnston & Johnston, LLC
- JP Morgan Chase Bank
- Kaching Kaching
- Lambent Risk Management Services, Inc.
- Madonna University
- Michigan State University
- Milan Tigers Youth Organization
- Mr. Alan’s
- Office Depot
- OmniCare Health Plan Inc.
- Operation HOPE
- Participants of Life Obtaining Goals
- PNC Bank
- Powerlink Facilities Management Services
- Preservation of Endangered Mammals
- Prestige Enterprise Group
- Quicken Loans
- RH Stacy and Associates
- Rickshaw Detroit, LLC
- Romail Bradley
- S.O.A.R. Youth Development
- Safehaven for Young Teen Mothers & Women
- Sam's Club
- Sharon B's Hosiery Shop
- Shavon in the City
- Sisters Inspiring Sisters Mentoring Group
- SOAR Youth Development
- T.E.A.M. Pursuit
- Tapper's Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
- The Detroit Salt Company
- The Gold Mine
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
- University of Michigan School of Education
- VIP Mentoring
- Visionary Horizons Natural Health and Massage
- WJBK Fox 2
- Wright Way Services & Supplies, Inc.