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Brighter Detroit Community Center

Brighter Detroit Community Center is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It is a multi-purpose recreational and resource center designed to provide safe, nurturing and inspirational alternatives in the community for children and the adults who support them.

Located in a building with a rich history in the Gratiot Woods neighborhood, Brighter Detroit Community Center is centered on making improvement in the lives of community members by providing effective and evidence-based programs centered on health and wellness, academic support and lifelong learning, and community engagement.

Brighter Detroit aims to ignite on Detroit’s east side a passionate pursuit of new opportunities that will create empowerment where hopelessness currently exists.

When the center reopens later this year, will Brighter Detroit aspire to bring a contemporary approach to similar needs in the community.


Terry Payne, Sr. is the CEO of Payne's Landscaping and They Say Restaurant. He is a lifelong Detroiter who has spent decades investing in youth through coaching, providing jobs and raising his own family in the city. Payne founed Brighter Detroit in 2014. He is committed to re-energizing east side Detroit neighborhoods through the redevelopment of the former 4-H Club on McClellan Avenue into a vibrant community center for Detroit youth and families.

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