At City Year, we love Detroit! AmeriCorps members that have served with City Year Detroit speak with a love for the city and the undefinable qualities of its culture. Detroit is a mixture of southern hospitality with northern skepticism, which boils down to people with a passion ready to get things done. Detroit has been through a lot over the years, but young people are recognizing how exciting the changes are and the opportunity to make an amazing impact. City Year Detroit is now recruiting AmeriCorps members to serve in the 2019-2020 school year, and if you haven’t considered Detroit, here are the top five reasons why you should think about serving in this famed Midwestern city that’s making a comeback.
Detroit is affordable.
The City of Detroit is 143 square miles, so large you can fit all of Boston, San Francisco and Manhattan within the City limits! For a large and well-known city, Detroit is surprisingly affordable. The cost of living in Michigan is below the national average and with the widespread attitude shared by city natives that “Detroit Hustles Harder”, there are plenty of ways to ball out on a budget, not to mention there are a myriad of development projects that are set to transform the city into an even more exciting urban landscape. Detroit is the place to be for young people looking for an exciting and thriving city while making your dollar stretch.
There is beautiful nature within minutes from the city.
Detroit has long been a haven for city dwellers who also need their dose of nature. Located on the beautiful Detroit River, which acts as a natural border with Canada, the city has no shortage of beautiful views that are all a short walk from downtown. A crowning jewel for Detroit natives is the gorgeous island of Belle Isle, located smack dab in the middle of the Detroit River. This little gem is home to beautiful nature walks, sports fields, a conservatory and more. For the nature enthusiast and those who like to stay physically active, biking across the city is easy with great paths along the river and green-ways to walk with friends. There are plenty of nearby options for you to stay connected to the natural world while getting a good work out.
There's amazing art everywhere you look.
The Detroit art and culture scene has long been an important part of the city’s character, and even during Detroit’s financial struggles in the mid-2000s Detroit’s local art scene was thriving. Detroit is home to famous institutions where you can see works of masters like Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts or one of the world’s largest museums of African-American history, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. It’s Detroit’s DIY scene that brings art lovers from around the world, though, from the hundreds of murals across the city to the Heidelberg Project. A U.S. News Report even named Detroit one of the “Top 10 Underrated Cities for Art Lovers.”
The weekend scene in Detroit is lively and captivating...and affordable!
In some urban areas, it’s hard to find afford affordable food options on a budget. Luckily, Detroit is home to Eastern Market. It’s one of the oldest and largest year-round public markets in the United States. On Saturdays, snag fresh produce from your choice of over 225 local vendors and return to the market on Sunday for a lively mix of musical performances, cooking demonstrations, and crafts.
There is something for music lovers of every genre in Detroit.
Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Marvin Gaye all have one thing in they are from Motown. Detroit is a music hub with shows big and small coming from around the country and world to perform at one of numerous venues. Besides the culture-shifting music born in Detroit during the 60s and 70s, Detroit is also the birthplace of techno, which makes this one of the few cities where you can listen to a great DJ during dinner on a Tuesday. For music lovers and genre enthusiasts, this city has you covered.
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If you’re interested not only in moving to an amazingly resilient, fun and affordable city, but also supporting 50,875 public school students in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, consider serving as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Detroit. In just one year, you could be part of a dedicated and talented team that tutors and mentors students every day, making a difference in their lives and in their schools.