Community Education Initiative


Young Kids on a Soccer Team group photoFlint’s Community Sports is now offering:

Tennis for Grades K-3 and 4-7
Kickball for Grades K-3
Flag Football for Grades 4-7

Session runs June 20 – 21
Practices take place 6pm-7:30pm
Locations: Eisenhower, Brownell/Holmes, Potter or Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary

Registration is FREE to all children!

Current Sports Calendars:

Upcoming Sports:

More information to come.

Current Schools

Flint’s Community Education Initiative (CEI) was piloted in Brownell/Holmes STEM academies in 2014-2015 school year and has since been established in the following schools:

  • Brownell/Holmes STEM academies
  • Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School
  • Eisenhower Elementary School
  • Potter Elementary School
  • More schools to be added in 2016-2017 school year!

What needs are being addressed?

  • Community Engagement
  • Sports & Physical Activity
  • Nutrition Education
  • Garden Education
  • Health care Services
  • Afterschool Programming
  • Literacy

Needs vary from school to school. Community and public engagement will take place before programs and projects are implemented in schools.

Goals for CEI in the Flint Community Schools:

  • Increase attendance
  • Improve third grade reading levels
  • Improve graduation rates and grade promotion
  • Increase community engagement


Re-Imagining Education in the City of Flint

Flint’s Community Education Initiative is a community-wide system of support for students and families. A collaborative of organizations are working together to establish schools in the Flint Community Schools district as neighborhood hubs, helping to create stronger families, healthier neighborhoods, higher performing schools and higher rates of student academic achievement and success. Learn more about Flint’s Community Education Initiative and how to get involved in the videos below!

Click “playlist” to view more videos about the Community Education Initiative.
The Community Education Initiative Collaborative

In 2013, leaders in the Flint schools and throughout the community came together to re-imagine education in the city of Flint. The collaborative developed a strategic Community Schools plan around phasing in, scaling up and sustaining a district-wide community schools initiative with the assistance of the National Center for Community Schools. The Crim Fitness Foundation was selected to lead agency to establish the Community Education Initiative. Brownell/Holmes STEM academies was selected as the pilot site for the 2014-2015 school year.

What is a Community School?
  • Both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.
  • An integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement
  • Personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and problem-solving.
  • A Community School is the center of the community and is open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends.
What is the impact of a Community School?

Using public schools as hubs, community schools bring together many partners to offer a range of supports and opportunities to children, youth, families and communities. According to the National Center for Community Schools, partners work to achieve these results:

  • Children are ready to enter school; students attend school consistently;
  • Students are actively involved in learning and their community;
  • Families are increasingly involved with their children’s education;
  • Schools are engaged with families and communities;
  • Students succeed academically;
  • Students are healthy – physically, socially, and emotionally;
  • Students live and learn in a safe, supportive, and stable environment, and communities are desirable places to live.

Community School Directors

Meet Your Community School Directors


Marvin Diem, Eisenhower Elementary

Why did you want to serve in the role of Community Schools Director?
Flint and Genesee County have been my home all of my life. I have a strong desire to help the Flint community. When I attended Flint schools at a child, I have fond memories of how many different opportunities there were after school and on the weekend.

What are you most excited about as Community Education expands this year in the Flint Schools?
To bring back fun, engaging and interesting after-school programming for our kids and the surrounding community.

Tell us something we might not know about you.
I was an extra in Home Alone 2.

Kerry Downs, Brownell/Holmes STEM academies

Why did you want to serve in the role of Community Schools Director?
As an eighteen year veteran teacher of the Flint Community Schools, I am passionate about student success. During the pilot year of the Community Education Initiative, I had a front row seat to see the positive impact that our community partners had, not only in the day to day business at Brownell-Holmes, but also the connections that were made with students, their families and the neighborhood. While making the decision to step out of my role as classroom teacher was a difficult one, I am excited about the opportunity to have a stronger impact school-wide as I serve as the community school director at the Brownell-Holmes STEM Academy Campus. Our students, their families and our community are destined for greatness and I am looking forward to supporting their success.

What are you most excited about as Community Education expands this year in the Flint Schools?
As our Community Education Initiative expands this year in Flint, I am excited to continue the momentum in the partnerships we forged last year.  Helping to maintain those connections and create new partnerships in order to create opportunities for our students and our community is a responsibility that I do not take lightly.  I am looking forward to working with all of the stakeholders to make certain that we reach our goals as we re-establish Community Education in Flint.

Tell us something we might not know about you.
I am an alumna of the University of Michigan-Flint and I love seeing the growth of the University and our community since I attended school in downtown Flint.

Chris Collins, Durant-Tuuri-Mott

Why did you want to serve in the role of Community Schools Director?I have always had a passion for helping people, specifically in the area of education. I know how important having a support network is in the development of our community and I believe that I can have the greatest impact by serving in this capacity.

What are you most excited about as Community Education expands this year in the Flint Schools?
It is absolutely phenomenal that we are able to witness change around the city of Flint. I am most excited about all of the possibilities that exist with the help of all of our community partners, volunteers from our neighborhoods, and school community. With all hands on deck, we really have a unique opportunity to be an impetus for change in Flint!

Tell us something we might not know about you.
A little known fact about me is that I love to hunt and fish. Although I’ve only been hunting for two years, I can’t get enough of it!

Jesse McGraw

Why did you want to serve in the role of Community Schools Director?
I wanted to continue my career working with the students and the community, but on a different level. I wanted to introduce new activities and introduce a new, healthier way of life for the students at Potter.

What are you most excited about as Community Education expands this year in the Flint Schools?
I’m looking forward to bringing high energy programs for students and families. I want the school & community to come together as one, where everyone feels welcome

Tell us something we might not know about you.
I’ve been mistaken for Tiger Woods.

Partner Organizations

Flint’s Community Education Initiative…Creating partnerships, offering experiential learning, and building community!
Thank you to all the Partners in the Flint Community Education Initiative for your investment in Flint Community Schools. The Crim Fitness Foundation appreciates your commitment to ensure a student and community experience capable of building a better future!

Crim Fitness Foundation (lead agency)
Berston Bicycle Club
City of Flint
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Flint Community Schools
Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce
Flint Police Activities League (PAL)
Genesee County Health Department
Genesee County Parks and Recreation
Genesee Health Plan Genesee Health System
Genesys Health System
Greater Flint Health Coalition
Hamilton Community Health Network
HealthPlus of Michigan
Hope Network
Hurley Medical Center
Metro Community Development
Michigan State University
Michigan Department of Human Services
Mott Children’s Health Center
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
One World
Ruth Mott Foundation
University of Michigan – Flint
United Way of Genesee County
More partners joining every day!


To find out how you can partner with the Crim Fitness Foundation and the Flint Community Education Initiative, contact Lauren Holaly, Vice President of Community Impact, at (810) 235-7801 or

Contact Us

Vice President of Community Impact
Lauren Holaly
Crim Fitness Foundation
Phone: 810-235-7801 | Email:

Community Schools Assistant
Jennifer Burger

Community Schools Corps Manager
Elizia Artis

Flint Community Education Sports
Mike Maienbrook
Director of Community Athletics

Community Schools Directors
Brownell/Holmes STEM academies
Kerry Downs

Eisenhower Elementary
Marvin Diem

Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary
Chris Collins

Potter Elementary
Jesse McGraw