Detroit Achievement Academy

Detroit Achievement Academy

Detroit Achievement Academy is a free, public charter school located in the poorest zip code of Michigan but with the highest performing kids in Detroit. The school currently serves kindergarten and first grade students and will continuing expanding to reach up to 12th grade.

Madonna’s Support: Madonna and the Ray of Light Foundation are enhancing the students’ classroom learning experience with new equipment, art, and music supplies.


The Empowerment Plan

The Empowerment Plan

The Empowerment Plan employs homeless women in Detroit to manufacture a garment that serves as both a coat and a sleeping bag. These coats are then distributed to homeless individuals within the Detroit community and across the nation, at no cost to them. Through training and steady employment the women at the Empowerment Plan are able to elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty while providing for the homeless community.

 Madonna’s Support: Madonna and the Ray of Light Foundation are helping The Empowerment Plan hire three new homeless women, taking them out of homeless shelters and giving them the opportunity for a bright future.


The Downtown Youth Boxing Gym (DYBG), photographed by Jenny Risher (c) 2014 

The Downtown Youth Boxing Gym (DYBG), photographed by Jenny Risher (c) 2014 

The Downtown Youth Boxing Gym (DYBG) provides free after-school boxing and educational mentoring to 65 kids per year in Detroit’s Eastside community. Graduation rates in this community average between 17-32%, but 100% of DYBG students have graduated high school.

Madonna’s Support: Madonna and the Ray of Light Foundation are making a significant donation for a new facility for the DYBG. This new facility will enable the nearly 300 kids on the waiting list to join the DYBG.