DPS Volunteer Business Corps grows; First volunteer training session to be held Friday February 4

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546

The Detroit Lions, Compuware and the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau are among the most recent organizations to commit to adopting schools under the Detroit Public Schools Volunteer Business Corps/B.O.L.D. program, which works to improve academic achievement and support the district’s rigorous five-year academic plan.

More than 100 companies and organizations of varying sizes attended a kickoff for the program on Thursday, including Tapper’s Jewelry and Gardner-White Furniture, which have committed $10,000 each to the program.

The first training session for volunteers in the program will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. Friday February 4, 2011 at the Michigan State University-Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward. Seating is limited and RSVPs are requested via e-mail to businesscorps@detroitk12.org or by calling (313) 870-3799. Parking and light refreshments will be provided.

Training will also take place from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, February 10 and 8-9:30 a.m. Friday, February 11. Fingerprinting for volunteers will be offered at all training sessions at a cost of $60, payable in money order, cashier’s check or business check. In some cases, the fee may be waived for those who cannot pay it.

To sign up or to learn more, call (313) 870-3799, email businesscorps@detroitk12.org or visit http://detroitk12.org/businesscorps.

Business Partners to date:

Lambent Risk Management Services, Inc.
Brown Rehabilitation Management, Inc.
VIP Mentoring
Rickshaw Detroit, LLC
Romail Bradley
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Virtuous Woman of Color Purple
Technology Laboratory & Professional Development Center
Botech Corporation
Barnstormers Flight Support
OmniCare Health Plan Inc.
Preservation of Endangered Mammals
PNC Bank
Circle of Friends Youth Foundation
Community School Connection Inc.
Powerlink Facilities Management Services
Fifth Third bank
Office Depot
Detroit Impact, Inc.
H&H Landscaping & Snow Removal
CK Elite Protection
Detroit’s Next Generation Inc.
Kaching Kaching
Wright Way Services & Supplies, Inc.
ATTC Enterprise LLC
Detroit Regional Chamber
Healthy Kidz Inc.
Good People Popcorn
Doubletree Fort Shelby
Caring for Families, Inc.
WJBK Fox 2
Johnston & Johnston, LLC
Excellent Schools Detroit
Independent Living housing (Today Youth Program)
Participants of Life Obtaining Goals
Prestige Enterprise Group
Sharon B’s Hosiery Shop
University of Michigan School of Education
Milan Tigers Youth Organization
Operation HOPE
Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
Gardner-White Furniture
FI Girls Organization
Davenport University
Safehaven for Young Teen Mothers & Women
Detroit Lions
Crest Lincoln Mercury Inc.
21st Century Digital Learning Environments
The Gold Mine
Evans Distribution Systems
The Detroit Salt Company
S.O.A.R. Youth Development
T.E.A.M. Pursuit
Sisters Inspiring Sisters Mentoring Group
Michigan State University

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