Inspiring Detroit Youth

  • Mentors for kids

Brighter Detroit Community Center is a 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 focused 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. Brighter Detroit aspires to bring a contemporary approach to similar needs in the community.



Brighter Detroit Community Center empowers youth to flourish and develop in a healthy and nurturing environment surrounded by caring adults.


Creating brighter vision for the future through brighter minds, stronger families and healthy communities.


Terry Payne, Sr. has spent the past 25 years building successful businesses that contribute to the Detroit economy. He is a lifelong Detroiter who likewise has spent decades investing in youth through coaching, providing jobs and raising his own family in the city. Payne founded Brighter Detroit in 2014 with a heart for creating a brighter Detroit one community at a time. 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.

*Terry Payne, Sr. with his children.