Summer in the City

About Summer in the City

Summer in the City is a non profit which strives to improve and expand community service in Metro Detroit. By bringing a diverse group of young people together to invest their energy in Detroit, Summer in the City programs address the immediate needs of city neighborhoods and foster a regional mindset.

Summer in the City was founded in 2002 to change the way young people volunteer in Detroit and the impact their work has on the city and region. The organization’s work is concentrated in the summer months, when we Paint, Plant, and Play — creating murals, building and maintaining urban gardens, and running youth enrichment programs.

Summer in the City is “fun, flexible, and fulfilling” for volunteers and “practical, productive and purposeful” for community organizations. Volunteers can participate any or every day of the summer with no commitment, simply by coming to one of our ten carpool sites throughout the region.

Summer in the City values collaboration and regionalism. All projects are done in partnership with organizations in Detroit — from nonprofits to community development corporations to schools — and are designed to best meet the needs of the people these groups serve. Further, SITC brings together volunteers from all across Metro Detroit, (and sometimes even across the country) to engage each other and invest their creativity and compassion in Detroit.


Camp Counselor

May 2018 - August 2018 Detroit, MI
“summer in the city was an amazing opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and interact with people from a ton of different walks of life. I learned leadership skills, organizational skills, and much more, as well as making memories and friends that will last a lifetime! ”
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