Thursday, 22 July 2010 7:29 P.M.
Corporation's $5 million dedication gives optimism to youth influence
Corporation headquarters in Southfield, Mich.
-- The Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center played host
to a announcement from the Lear Corporation Wednesday that will
be of major benefit to the endeavors of the Detroit community.
In an address
sponsored by the Arts League of Michigan and Volunteers in Prevention
Mentoring (VIP), Lear CEO and Chairman Bob Rossiter pledged $5 million
in support of several public areas around the Detroit area, including
the Ravendale Community Center and updates to the James T. Hope
Playfield on the city’s west side.
mentioned, from the perspective of the native Detroiter he was,
that the pledge aimed to be one for future improvement throughout
the city. “Instead of sitting around and joining in the criticism,
why not try to help?” he asked, later clarifying hope that
other institutions would follow Lear’s lead and take part.
“We’re trying to help people, it’s not about P.R.”
the Arts League crowd was a past affiliate of Lear: Mayor Dave Bing,
who echoed Rossiter’s wishes on expanded corporate involvement
in city renewal and youth mentoring. I just hope what they’re
doing today is replicated across this city,” said Bing concerning
Lear’s decision. “As they continue to grow, they don’t
forget,” he added in reference to the accomplished objective
of youth mentoring groups like VIP.
to areas like Ravendale would be key in supporting education of
local youth through programs that are mentor or teacher-based.
City Councilman James Tate made it known that such aid was key in
reaching out to a greater of young Detroiters growing up in rough
parts of the city. “Something is missing in many of their
lives, and that is hope,” he said.
In the meantime,
however, James later warned that such pledges have to hit the streets
with those same pledge makers for there to be a motivation of acceptance
or change, especially a day after future gubernatorial candidates
are announced. “You could make millions, but if people don’t
let you into their lives, it’s not working.”
is the community-wide operation of groups like VIP that everyday
residents are approaching the organizations about making any kind
of contribution. One such interested volunteer was Regina Brown,
head of the Flair Model and Talent Management Agency, who mentioned
that she managed to set up an initial school visit through VIP for
mentoring purposes. She added that her motivation was “To
see if my talent can give back to them.”
the speakers, the underlying goal remained that each moment should
contribute to the improvement of their mindset and surroundings
and those who need such improvement much more. It was best summed
up by a poetic reminder given the Skillman Foundation’s Program
Officer Robert Thornton: “[It’s] just a tiny little
minute, but eternity is in it.”