Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


8949 Whittaker rdYpsilanti, MI 48197 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower children in our community who are facing serious obstacles, to help raise their potential for success in the family, in school and in their world. Washtenaw Promise works with children, young families, schools and the community, to remove barriers such as the stresses of poverty, social injustice, and emotional challenges.


Our "Big Friends" mentoring program places student volunteers into local preschools to work directly with kids and teachers. The "Penpal" program connects volunteers with a preschool student to exchange hand-written letters and drawings. Penpals encourage language development, the practice of writing, and recognition of letters, as well as inspiring imagination, creativity and self-confidence. Our "Read With Kids" program is designed to give students an opportunity for more one-on-one or small group reading time with an adult. Our intention is to work with teachers to reinforce reading skills and to help kids develop an even greater love of books and written language.


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