Madonna announced today the first phase of a long-term commitment to help her Detroit hometown. As part of the efforts to rescue and revitalize the city and inspired by the progress she’s witnessed thus far after a recent visit to Detroit.
Madonna will provide funding for a new facility for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym (DYBG) which provides free after-school boxing and educational mentoring to 65 kids in Detroit’s Eastside community. In addition, she will support the Detroit Achievement Academy (DAA) to enhance the students’ classroom learning experience by supplying new equipment, art and music supplies.
“I was deeply inspired by the efforts of so many people who I met who have dedicated themselves to helping the kids and adults in Detroit elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty. I have seen the results their commitment and hard work have already accomplished. From meeting the kids at Downtown Youth Boxing Gym who have a 100% high school graduation rate, to seeing how eager the students at the Detroit Achievement Academy are to learn about the arts, to understanding the value of giving homeless women the opportunity to become self-sufficient through The Empowerment Plan, it was obvious to me that I had to get involved and be part of the solution to help Detroit recover. A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit and I’m humbled to be able to give back to my community,” commented Madonna.