2016 Outstanding Service Program: Detroit AmeriCorps Urban Safety

The Detroit AmeriCorps Urban Safety project, a program of Wayne State University, recently received the Outstanding Service Program Award as part of America’s Service Commission’s 2016 Innovation and Leadership Awards.

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Ramona Washington, Detroit AmeriCorps Urban Safety accepting the award from Rachel Bruns, ASC.

The awards recognize the accomplishments and leadership of state service commission staff, commissioners and service programs throughout the country.

To reduce crime in Detroit, The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC), Gov. Rick Snyder’s Office and the Detroit Mayor’s Office have partnered with Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies to implement the AmeriCorps Urban Safety project. Thirty-eight AmeriCorps members serve to improve safety in seven areas of Detroit by helping organize block or tenant clubs; distributing leaflets on personal, home and car safety; boarding up vacant homes and implementing bike patrols.


20160813_115858The project has helped reduce major crimes in Midtown Detroit by 58 percent, according to David Martin, program director for Wayne State University’s Urban Safety Unit in the Center for Urban Studies.

Project officials created a collaborative problem-solving process using real-time crime mapping and analysis to help make permanent crime reductions.

“Program leaders have done a wonderful job of collaborating with residents and local organizations to make Detroit neighborhoods safer,” MCSC Executive Director Ginna Holmes said. “We are so impressed by the impact they have made in Detroit communities.”

“We’re pleased to present AmeriCorps Urban Safety with this honor,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions. “The program displays effective partnerships and is a great model for replication throughout the country.”

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