Middle School Ministry & Healthy Living Program
Central Detroit Christian Development Corporation, Detroit, Mich.
- Sponsoring Organization: Central Detroit Christian Development Corp.
- City/State: Detroit, Mich.
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Grant Amount: $15,000
Micah Williams has been involved with Central Detroit Christian Development Corporation in Detroit, Mich., since January 2020. After starting out as a volunteer, he joined the 2020 summer staff team to help run the day camp, then worked as an intern, and now serves as the newly-created Middle School Director. For the past few years, Williams has worked and served with youth all around Michigan. He was a summer camp counselor at Youth Haven in Rives Junction, Mich., and then began volunteering and interning with the youth at his home church, Woodside Bible Church, in Detroit. Williams currently serves as the part-time Families Director at Woodside Church. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit in the spring of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and minor in sociology.
Central Detroit Christian’s Middle School and Healthy Living Program will engage up to 100 students in 6th-9th grades during the school year through Bible Study, healthy meals, mentorship, and various sports activities to increase their overall physical capabilities, mental health, emotional well-being, and Biblical knowledge. The economic make-up of the neighborhood primarily attracts convenience food sources. Children often grow up without an understanding of what foods are healthy and allow for peak mental and physical performance. The Healthy Living program will provide access to a variety of healthy food options. And students living in disinvested communities have often times spent little time outside of their own neighborhood. Students will have the chance to participate in overnight camps, giving them the opportunity to get outside of the city and experience something new.
“To receive this grant from We Raise will completely change our approach to what we will be able to do this year with the middle school program,” said Williams. “We will be able to get new sports equipment and discipleship materials for every student and will help broaden our reach of students we can assist and develop within the community. Praising God for this grant and the people that made it possible.”