A Historic Summit convenes 400 Detroit area Faith and Community-Based Changing Strategies Summit - October 23-24

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This summit is for faith and community-based leaders to discuss four critical areas that significantly impact residence in urban Metropolitan Detroit.

Non-profits in our area are in a crisis and we need to become more collaborative in our approach to serving our constituents. For two days, several non profits and faith and community-base will huddle together to strategize towards new strategies for our survival

Michigan Neighborhood Partnership (MNP) in collaboration with Operation HOPE, Michigan State University, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, University of Michigan and the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs is hosting a summit for faith and community-based agency leaders entitled 'Changing Strategies." The Changing Strategies Summit will be held Thursday, October 22-24, 2009 at Wayne State University in the Community Arts Auditorium.

The focus of the summit is to explore innovative thinking in community development and develop new collaborative strategies among faith and community-based organizations to address four critical areas facing residents in the Metropolitan Detroit. These areas are: Education, Green Jobs and Technology, Financial Literacy and Social Entrepreneurship. "Non-profits in our area are in a crisis and we need to become more collaborative in our approach to serving our constituents. For two days, several non profits and faith and community-base will huddle together to strategize towards new strategies for our survival," states Dennis Talbert, President of Michigan Neighborhood Partnership.

During the two-day summit, participants will discuss national best practices in these core areas, as well as how faith and community-based organizations can effectively replicate these models in the Detroit area. Experts from around the country will present and explore collaborative models that have transformed local neighborhoods into thriving communities. Additionally, Changing Strategies will examine effective sustainability methods through best practices in social entrepreneurship. Among the confirmed presenters are: David Parker, National Center for Social Entrepreneurs, Dr. Percy Bates, University of Michigan, Ms. Sandra Yu, Dr. Lynn Lewis, Sociologist, Ms. Gail Perry-Mason, Oppenheimer Funds and Mr. Harry Ford, Federal Reserve Bank.

The Changing Strategies Summit will open with a leadership reception at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 6:00-8:00PM. The working summit will begin Friday, October 23 and end October 24, 2009 at Wayne State University from 9:00 AM - 3:00PM. We are encouraging faith and community-based leaders to attend the summit along with those individuals interested in starting a new community-based non profit organization.

Changing Strategies is sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation, Operation HOPE, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, United Way, Youth Development Commission, CDAD, National Center for Social Entrepreneurs, Fannie Mae and LISC Detroit Neighborhoods NOW and is free to all non-profit and faith-based leaders and their volunteers and staff. Enclosed with this press release is the summit abstract highlighting the program goals and expected outcomes.

For more information or reservations, call 313-361-4530.

http://mnpartnership.org

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