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2023 Unity Walk Cover

About Bridging 23

Bridging US 23 is an initiative developed by The Dispute Resolution Center (DRC) in collaboration with The Association for Youth Empowerment (AYE). It is dedicated to transforming the way the people of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and the surrounding counties relate to one another.

Bridging US 23 was founded on the belief that when people unite for the greater good, positive change is inevitable. Our ultimate goal is to connect communities, inspire compassion and take action to call forth the beloved community.

2023 Program Highlights

For those walking the 5 mile or 1 mile route, we encourage you to coordinate/arrange for transportation back to your starting locations. We have limited back-up for travel arrangements - basically staff who have extra room in their vehicles!

At 12:00 PM, music will provided by the amazing and talented, DJ ZU, FREE food provided by the Good Eats Food Truck and Kona Ice! There will be rock painting, bubble station, yard game area for kids, and a face painter!

This year we will be elevating criminal legal reform advocacy, initiatives, and programs happening throughout Washtenaw County and the State. Speaker program begins at 1:00 PM at Brown Chapel AME Church.

At 2:00 PM, there will be an elder learning circle comprised of esteemed elders in the Black Community who will share their experiences growing up and living in Washtenaw County.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday June 10!

History

The Unity walk was born out of a Bridging 23 restorative community circle and has been spearheaded by community members since 2017.

It was built on the foundation of taking action and bringing public visibility and conversation about the inequities between the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor communities

Thank you to our Partners!

Thank you to Association for Youth Empowerment (AYE) for their many years of support and helping us develop Bridging 23 - emulated after their own program Bridging 8 Mile.

We are honored to be partnering with Brown Chapel AME Church again as the fellowship and celebration location!

Thank you to our new partner, African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County (AACHM). We are grateful for your support!

We hope to continue these wonderful partnerships for many years to come! 🙂

Event Information

Registrations

$0 - WALK IN UNITY

Free registration - no merch

$25 - WALK FOR A CAUSE

Unity Walk T-shirt

$50 - WALK WITH PURPOSE

Unity Walk T-shirt & swag bag

$100 - WALK FOR JUSTICE

Unity Walk T-Shirt & swag bag

Interested in fundraising and walking as a group? Register for our Peer-to-Peer fundraising!

Even if family, friends, or co-workers/colleagues can't join, they can still contribute through your group fundraising page.  It's easy and only a click or two away to share and spread the word!

If you're unable to walk, please join us at Brown Chapel AME Church at 12:00 for food, speakers, and activities!

Download the event brochure to share HERE!

Sponsorship

Your sponsorship is critical in continuing the annual Unity Walk for years to come and to support the DRC's Restorative Justice Program that keeps kids and adults out of the criminal legal system and provides the healing they need to move forward in their lives.


$5000 – COMMUNITY PEACE BUILDER

Your support can help sustain our Restorative Justice Program to keep youth and adults out of the criminal legal system.

$2500— JUSTICE CHAMPION

Your contribution can sustain an entire Restorative Justice program at a school for one semester.

$1000 – CHANGEMAKER

Your contribution can support and pay a stipend for a returning citizen in our restorative justice facilitator training.

$500 – AMBASSADOR

Your contribution can help support the restorative justice circle process for a family

$250 – ADVOCATE

Your support can help develop more outreach to youth, schools, and the community about restorative practices.

*All sponsorships include: website, social and program mention, 2 registrations, 2 t-shirts & 2 swag bags


Download the sponsorship brochure to share HERE!

We need Volunteers!

INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT AND WANT TO JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM?

Sign up HERE via Sign-up Genius OR contact, Germaine Smith at: smithger@thedrcmi.org

Thank you for your support!

Route Map - 5 Mile

5 mile walk

Route Map - 1 Mile

1 mile walk