Avalon Village is a self-sustaining eco village in Highland Park created by Mama Shu to address neighborhood stability, transforming a blighted neighborhood into a safe, functional, family-oriented space.
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, with plans to acquire and revitalize additional properties and structures.
The Homework House is an afterschool program for neighborhood children that will provide tutoring and academic programs, healthy meals, and recreational activities. D2N has provided funds to finish the roof, install drywall and insulation and buy general building materials. Homework House will open in fall 2020.
Summer brings camps to Avalon village. D2N is providing support for both Music and Hood Camps. Music is a discipline that has been removed from Highland Park public schools. Music Camp offers hands-on learning instruction in Music Theory and Composition, Instrumentation, Music History and DJing 101 and ends with a community recital to showcase newly-acquired skills.
During Hood Camp Avalon Village is transformed into a camp ground 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 what to do in case of emergencies; recycle, save and purify water.