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Detroit Parent Network

  • Detroit Parent Network
  • 726 Lothrop
  • Detroit, MI 48202
  • (313) 309-8100
  • 2002

Program Description

Detroit Parent Network (DPN) is a premier parent organization that transforms parents to make Detroit a better place to raise and educate children. Our mission is to develop powerful parents (and primary caregivers) who are equipped to get the best education possible for their children. We believe that all parents are leaders and every parent has something to contribute. We believe that all parents want the best for their children who can solve their own problems when given proper support. It is our belief that parents who learn and share new skills with each other become stronger. We also believe that parents who get involved in the organization and their community become connected and powerful.

Along with being a resource to parents, we are a resource for their children through programs such as "Project Graduation," "Pathway to Excellence," "Pathway to Literacy," "Play & Learn Music Demo Classes," and "Teen Parent Support Group." For DPN, children are our best investment!

Our Project Graduation (PG) Program provides support and resources to parents and students in grades 7-12, ensuring the student stays on track, graduates on time, and enrolls in a post-secondary institution. Parents also receive a PG coach to help empower parents to be more active in the college planning process We service students in and around the city of Detroit.

Success Stories

Chelsea Pierce dropped out of school in 9th grade. She attempted to participate in the Job Corps program but quickly realized it wasn't for her. In order to get back on track, she enrolled in day and night school to catch up. Chelsea maintained a 4.0 the rest of her high school career and graduated with honors from Southeastern High School. She received numerous scholarships including the Robert Ficano Scholarship and is currently attending The University of Michigan at Dearborn.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Race & Ethnicity

  • Hispanic/Latino: 50%
  • African American: 50%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 200
  • Middle School: 65
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (10)


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
  • Cornerstone University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Michigan State University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 80%