Get Involved in DPS and Make a Difference!

There's never been a better time for businesses, alumni, community members and everyone concerned with public education to partner with Detroit Public Schools. With a rigorous new five-year academic plan in place and new instructional strategies and a stronger curriculum in every classroom, major worldwide corporations and alumni of local schools are stepping forward to volunteer, contribute and pledge human resources, talent, technology and monetary gifts.

This site will list the range of ongoing programs for contributing to DPS' efforts to create Centers of Excellence at every school for every student in every neighborhood, as well as short term donation and fund raising drives. On behalf of the 80,000 students we educate every day, thank you!

Opportunities include:

Volunteer Reading Corps

DPS Reading Corps

Volunteers are asked to tutor at least one hour a week in a school, working with a pre-kindergarten student. Volunteers will have to undergo a criminal background check and will be required to show a photo identification card, which will be provided by DPS, whenever they come to a school site.

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Business Corps

DPS Volunteer Business Corps

Detroit Public Schools is creating robust partnerships between schools and area businesses to improve academic achievement in the district. Under the umbrella of the Detroit Public Schools Volunteer Business Corps: Businesses/Organizations Optimizing Learning in Detroit, the district will work in partnership with the business, faith-based and the non-profit community on this program, which will provide tutoring, mentoring, school beautification and much more. Organizations that are interested are invited to fill out the online survey.

To learn more, e-mail: or call (313) 873-8595.

DPS Alumni Involvement

Detroit Public Schools

Detroit Public Schools welcomes our alumni to stay involved, remain connected and give back to their schools.

The Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Foundation, an independent non-profit educational foundation, has announced its new Alumni Giving and Development Program, giving all DPS alumni the opportunity  to maintain their roots and advance the future of Detroit Public Schools students.

The Alumni Giving and Development Program's vision is to build relationships and giving across the DPS Alumni community by engaging alumni to give back to and support their alma maters and current DPS students, while reconnecting with fellow alumni.

This vision meets the Detroit Public Schools Foundation's overall mission to raise, manage and steward funds and other resources to support value-added programs and activities for the benefit of the Detroit Public Schools, DPS-authorized charter schools, DPS schools placed in the Education Achievement Authority and their respective students. 

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DPS Foundation

Detroit Public Schools Foundation

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting Detroit students. Its mission is to raise, manage and steward funds and other resources to support value-added programs and activities for the benefit of the Detroit Public Schools and its students. Program areas include: enhancing fine and performing arts programs, principal development/teacher enhancement, early childhood investment, science and math enrichment, college preparatory investment, building academic athletic leadership, business and professional executive engagement and other activities benefiting the DPS.

For information on how to contribute, go to

Citizen Patrols

Citizen Patrols

Detroit Public Schools' citizens patrol teams are part of a comprehensive multi-agency program that have helped to spur a sharp reductions in incidents. Schools are seeking volunteers for new eyes-on patrols at several large high schools and at other locations. Highly active men's patrol groups have been watching routes and bus stops near Cody High School, where Brothers on Patrol has a presence, and Osborn High, where MADE Men patrol. The M.A.N. Network also patrols around DPS schools, including Denby, Osborn, and Brenda Scott. The district also has a group of volunteers called the Parent and Community Academy, who wear yellow jackets and act as safety volunteers, monitoring youth traveling to and from school, in school hall ways and lunch rooms, and around the school. To volunteer, call (313) 748-6008.