January 23rd, 2018

FIRST Robotics Case Study

To fill a critical gap left by the struggling Detroit public school system, the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center sought high-quality, mentor-driven STEM programs to excite and engage local students at its afterschool tutoring and recreation center. With funding from a FIRST STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant and support from the greater Detroit FIRST community, SAY (Sports. Academics. Youth.) Play Continue Reading

January 20th, 2018

Celebrating our Football and Cheer Teams!

We started the new year and new semester with a celebration of the hard work and commitment demonstrated by our Warriors at the annual Football and Cheer Banquet for our 2017-2018 football and cheer teams. This year’s event was held on January 14th at DeCarlo’s Banquet and Convention Center. Specialty Awards: 10u Most Valuable Player- Continue Reading

January 16th, 2018

Building Bridges at the Arena

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the students who completed the “Building Bridges Through Basketball” program were honored on center court at Little Caesar’s Arena. The program is a partnership with the Pistons, RISE, Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL), SAY Detroit Play Center and the Detroit Police Department. The weekly 2.5-hour sessions for youth ages Continue Reading

December 22nd, 2017

Wrapping Our World in a Bow and Holiday Cheer

The week leading up to the holidays saw the SAY Play Center decorated and filled with holiday cheer just in time for the annual holiday showcase. Cooper-Standard Automotive kicked off their Science in the DEEP programing with a holiday STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) party featuring experiments, pencil catapults, marshmallow snowmen, snow globes and of Continue Reading

December 19th, 2017

FLL Jr Team Inspiring All

Congratulations to our FLL Jr. robotics team, who took home the Inspiration Award at the Northville Robostangs Expo on December 16, 2017. The award is given to the team that demonstrates the most excitement and enthusiasm about their work. An introductory robotics team, The Water Vision Squad was created specifically for second and third  graders. Team members Continue Reading

December 4th, 2017

Matthew Stafford’s Cause & Cleats

In the second annual “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign, NFL players are allowed to wear custom-designed cleats that bear the names of causes they support during Week 13. Matthew Stafford, whose Score 7 Foundation is an instrumental partner in SAY Detroit Play Center, put his foot down for our cause yesterday! The signed cleats will Continue Reading

November 29th, 2017

SAY Play on Impact TV

Jenell Mansfield, Director of Academics at S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center, visits Impact 100 Metro Detroit to discuss the work we are doing in Detroit, Michigan!

November 14th, 2017

Young Detroiters Trying to Stay Safe

The Detroit News ran an important story about the violence issues that plague the neighborhoods where our members live and learn. The story featured the perspectives of Neviah Lewis, 18, and David Williams, 12, who talk about how crime in their Detroit neighborhood and schools has affected them. We hope you’ll take the time to Continue Reading

November 10th, 2017

Michigan Masons Confirms Commitment

In a special ceremony held November 8th, members of the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation were at SAY Detroit Play Center to present its second installment check for $500,000 in its ongoing, and long-term, investment in changing the game for Detroit’s youth. Read about their visit, and their relationship with SAY Play, at www.saydetroit.org

November 3rd, 2017

“I am an Entrepreneur”

VentureLabs are “bite-sized” versions of the VentureSchool experience, held throughout the academic year at S.A.Y. Detroit Play. These pop-up classrooms have the primary aim of giving students the opportunity to unleash their entrepreneurial potential. At a recent VentureLab, our students were asked to explore how they are entrepreneurs. VentureSchool is a micro charter high school with its Continue Reading