At W.I.S.E. Partnership, we are proud to have the support of amazing business partners who share our vision for the revitalization of Detroit. They are deeply committed to the development of productive and thriving communities for Black and Brown residents of Detroit, just like we are. We are excited to collaborate with entrepreneurs and organizations who are eager to join us in our mission of promoting the sustainable growth and development of our communities. Our partners are passionate about working together with us to provide essential services and resources to the people of Detroit. They understand that we are more impactful and effective when we work together, pooling our expertise and resources to make a positive difference. We are grateful for their support, and we welcome more like-minded partners to join us in our important work.

Our partner initiatives are programs that we envision will some day become stand alone organizations. They are: Community Center of Rights & Equity (C-CORE), Reel Roots Multimedia and Victory Village Center of Literacy and Learning.


W.I.S.E. Partnership Partners
Meeting, planning, building!


Community Center of Rights & Equity supports and encourages political aspirations of women and people of color, provides platforms for the community to learn about those who represent them and seek to represent them, and provides underrepresented people with the knowledge and resources to navigate systems such as their local school districts, local government, and other service providing entities. C-CORE encourages youth participation in government.

We will provide workshops and programming to the community that will include basic civics, career workshops, a youth council, and community forums. We will provide professional services to clients that include campaign support, voter registration, data research and quality controlled canvassing.

We offer the following free community services

Community Services

  • Learning to advocate for ones self & navigate policies, and agencies
  • Career building Workshops
  • Professional mentoring
  • Developing & supporting community councils

We offer the following client services at modest rates:

Client Services

  • Grassroots Campaign Canvassing & Quality Control
  • Voter Registration Campaign
  • Grassroots Political Leadership
  • Political Mentoring

Just Speak Inc

Just Speak Inc. offers trauma-informed programming and movement for youth 3-18 years. It is a curriculum researched and designed by Executive Director and Founder, Brittni Kellom, a certified trauma practitioner. The MOVE program is designed to develop a habit of mindfulness in youth. Sessions are anchored around movement therapy theory, meditation, yoga, and trauma informed practices. Young people need not come with any experience as time is meant to introduce, reinforce, and expand existing strengths in self-regulation. 

MK Realty

Monife Knuth has displayed an unwavering passion for serving others from a young age. Her dedication to making a meaningful difference in people’s lives has extended to the realm of real estate, where she and her team are committed to understanding the unique needs and preferences of each and every client. Whether it’s helping buyers navigate the home-buying process and find the perfect home for their family or providing sellers with expert guidance, professional photography, and comprehensive marketing strategies, Monife and her team go above and beyond to make the experience as seamless and straightforward as possible. They pride themselves on their unwavering commitment to ensuring that each home they sell is viewed by the right buyers, thereby maximizing their chances of success. MK Realty are focused on being trusted and compassionate partners in your real estate journey

Other Work

Other Work is a Detroit-based design studio, working at the intersection of public art, architecture, and interior design. We promote civic and economic engagement through spatial agency.

As neighborhood architects, we commit to supporting local businesses and residents by designing experiences that promote liberation, joy, and agency. Headquartered in Southwest Detroit, we believe everyone deserves good design through inclusive community development.

Our design process centers client goals, generating value by creating a variety of scenarios that envision the imaginations and aspirations of their constituents. Our projects are informed by building relationships with neighboring block clubs and partnering with community leaders. We design and develop equitable systems that increase access to social, cultural, and material needs.

Laura Walker is an architect and artist. Michael Styczynski is an architectural designer and city maker practicing in Detroit, Michigan. They are committed to meaningful design that prioritizes the social and economic exchanges of the communities we serve.

We are excited to be partners with the team!

Victory Village Center of Literacy and Learning​

Victory Village Center of Literacy & Learning is an educational initiative that caters to the intergenerational community’s literacy deficiencies. The program’s primary focus is to meet the learning needs of the members of this community. To achieve their objectives, the Education Directors, Dr. Angelika Smith Jones, Curriculum, and Ms. Lacetia Walker, Program Coordination, have developed an effective program that caters to the different learning needs of the stakeholders. This program aims to empower the members of the intergenerational community to become productive and self-reliant individuals in society.

In partnership with W.I.S.E. Partnership, the University of Olivet offers a comprehensive Free-Tuition/Automatic Admission Program (Direct Olivet) that qualifying high school graduates can leverage. It is a great way to ensure that these graduates can seamlessly transition from high school to higher education without financial constraints. W.I.S.E. Partnership hosts, in collaboration with The University of Olivet, a bi-annual campus tour where parents and potential students can interact with the staff and administration while enjoying lunch. This gives students and parents a chance to get a feel for the campus, interact with the learning community, and dispel any myths about higher education.

Reel Roots Multimedia Initiative

Reel Roots Multimedia Initiative is a youth led initiative. Young producers, editors, staff writers, and reporters create content, produce digital media and documentaries and podcasts that represent Detroit from their perspective. For more information, click here.

Rendering created by Lawrence Tech 
University Architect Students, 
Fall 2022 Class.

The W.I.S.E. Café and Marketplace

W.I.S.E. Café and Marketplace is a wonderful and exciting cooperative initiative that focuses on promoting and supporting local products and farm-fresh foods. This thoughtful and sustainable project is being led by the knowledgeable and experienced W.I.S.E. Team, along with the talented Tracy Marzett, who will be our Hospitality Director hailing from the local community. Together, they are dedicated to creating a unique and inviting space where people can come together to share delicious meals while also learning about the benefits of sustainable and healthy food practices. With a focus on community building and education, W.I.S.E. Café and Marketplace is truly a beacon of hope in a world that so often values convenience over quality. By supporting this innovative project, you are also supporting the local community and helping to create a more sustainable, equitable, and delicious future for all.

Grassroots Partners

Manistique Community Treehouse Center

The Manistique Treehouse project will be totally powered by solar energy. This will be an active community-run center for occupational therapy and education.  Special programs and activities will be offered for children and teens, between the ages of 5 – 18, including children living with developmental and learning disabilities. Programming and activities will be both one-on-one and in groups. They will also offer career support for individuals with learning disabilities between the ages of 19 – 30+ with their career goals and job skills. Often these individuals are forgotten after the age of 18, but they are still in need of help. The Manistique Treehouse will truly be an oasis for nurturing and growth, where the community can connect with nature and one another. We also, offer therapeutic services for families, seniors and veterans. The Manistique Treehouse will focus on programs that help individuals to gain positive well-being.

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The Love N Labor Botanicals Farm spreads health and wellness through food in urban farming! They honor the personal holistic journey  through a wide range of supportive services: meal planning, meal prep, holistic consulting, with fresh and locally grown farmers market amenities!

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