Avalon Village is a self-sustaining eco village in Highland Park created by Mama Shu in order to transform a blighted neighborhood into a safe, functional, family-oriented space. Avalon Village is a key partner in the Highland Park Community Crisis Coalition (HPC3.) They have been and will continue to manage the distribution of food and personal supplies to the residents of Avalon Street, the senior buildings and support the efforts of Buckets of Rain on citywide food distribution efforts.
The village encompasses an entire city block between Woodward Avenue and Second Street and currently owns 29 plots of land and five houses, including the Homework House. There are plans to acquire and revitalize additional properties and structures in the future.
The Homework House is an afterschool program for neighborhood children that will open in the fall of 2020 and will provide tutoring and academic programs, healthy snacks and meals, and recreational activities. D2N has provided funds to finish the roof, install drywall and insulation and buy general building materials.
Summer brings camps to Avalon village. D2N is providing support for both Music and Hood Camps. Music is a fine arts curricular that has been removed from public schools. Music Camp offers hand-on learning instruction in Music Theory and Composition, Instrumentation, Music History and DJ-ing and ends with a community recital to showcase newly-acquired skills.
During Hood Camp, Avalon Village is transformed into a campground where the children of the neighborhood interact with nature. Upon completion of Hood Camp, participants are able to identify edible and medicinal herbs in their yards and communities; grow their own food; display conflict management skills; know how to respond to emergencies, and to recycle, save and purify water.