The Clemmon Foundation is Detroit’s newest nonprofit organization hoping to give back to the children of our community. Working as mentorship program, the Clemmon Foundation works hand in hand with caseworkers to connect children varying from ages 6 to 12 in the welfare system with mentors. Statistically speaking, 40 to 50 percent of children in the welfare system will never have the opportunity to walk with their fellow classmates to receive their GED. 66% of these children will become homeless, land in prison, or die within a year of leaving the foster care system after turning 18. This is where Royal Family Kids and the Clemmon Foundation step in. Both foundations are actively working to help change the direction of these children’s lives through various experiences and opportunities given through our community.
During one week of the year, the Royal Family Kids hosts a camp throughout the nation, giving children the opportunity to fully unload and focus solely on being a kid. This program allows each camper to build much needed self-esteem and creates an escape from the abuse and neglect they’re faced with. The week is filled interaction with other children and fun activities such as zip-lining, horseback riding, inner tubing, and tea parties. After this fun filled week, the Clemmon Foundation takes over.
When Think313 spoke with Michael Clemmon, he mentioned that he began this organization in 2015 with the intention of giving these kids something longer lasting than just a week out of the year. His program currently works directly with 20 local children, 10 girls and 10 boys, throughout the school year starting from September until May. Michael believes that dedicating one Saturday of each month, not only gives the children something to look forward to, but also keeps some consistency for the kids in his program.
Looking for a way to give back this year? Currently, the foundation is looking for more help with filling various positions, donations of funds, and mentors to help expand the capacity of children they can take on. Though the foundation is running the program through local churches in the area, attendance at these churches are not a requirement. The Clemmon Foundation does ask for individuals that have worked with Royal Family Kids prior to mentoring due to the sensitive nature of these children. If you have any inquiries in regards of the foundation or are looking to donate, please contact Michael directly at (248) 747-2629 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To look into more information on Royal Family Kids, please visit their website at www.rfk.org.
By Victoria Tsai
Social Media Coordinator at JMJ Phillip Group