Generation of Promise

Generation of Promise was founded in 1987, with a mission to build a community of young leaders who celebrate diversity and are dedicated to the elimination of discrimination in metropolitan Detroit.  In 2010, sharing a similar mission, and a passion for diversity and inclusion, Generation of Promise and Focus: HOPE formally joined forces, and Generation of Promise became a subsidiary of Focus: HOPE.  Generation of Promise provides an important opportunity for local youth to engage in leadership development and build regional cooperation with their suburban counterparts.

As residents of one of the most polarized communities in the country, metropolitan Detroiters have little interaction across community lines. To address this polarization, Generation of Promise conducts a 10-month diversity awareness and relationship building program for an annual class of 60 high school juniors.


  • Participants of Generation of Promise must be enrolled in one of our partner schools.  A list of participating schools can be found here.
  • Students complete the application as a sophomore and participate in the program during their junior year of high school.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or above


Students attend Generation of Promise sessions the 2nd Wednesday of each month; August through April from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students are excused from school to participate. Graduation is the first Sunday in May.



Through its 10-month curriculum, Generation of Promise engages students in experiential learning sessions with the goals of promoting:

  • Growth in the leadership skills
  • Greater awareness of the racial, ethnic and religious diversity within the community
  • Understanding of the historical and social context of the city and suburban interdependency
  • Increased awareness of community needs and participation in community service
  • Empowerment to promote understanding of and respect for diversity within the student participants’ communities

Generation of Promise member high schools reflect a wide range of racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic communities. The communities include Birmingham, Dearborn, Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Southfield and Warren.

Students engage in over 120 hours of program experiences between August and May including a summer orientation retreat. Capitalizing on its multicultural learning environment, Generation of Promise delivers an experiential learning curriculum that provides first-hand opportunities for participants to expand their concepts of community. Students are encouraged to challenge stereotypes or misconceptions they hold and work to build relationships across divisions. They are also challenged to refine their leadership skills and are given opportunities to apply those skills in a variety of settings.


Click here for photos showing the messages that our recent class of Generation of Promise students would like to send out to the world.


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