Inspiration is defined as the process of being mentally stimulated to do something or feel something, especially to do something creative. When asked, Derrick Dykas, founder of the nonprofit organization Community Push in Detroit, said that his personal inspiration is “Progress”. Physically seeing the progress of Community Push’s efforts and watching their mission come to life is what keeps him motivated.

Some people, who I would say obviously don’t know any better, may think that inspiration in Detroit is sparse. If you have spent any amount of time in and around the city you know that Detroit is anything but lackluster as it pertains to creative resilience. One may instead consider saying that visual progress is slow moving, especially throughout hardest hit outset Neighborhoods.

However, I assure you that there are plenty of positive things taking place around town and perhaps most interestingly from a grassroots perspective. People and organizations alike are regaining ownership and beginning to take matters of progress into their own hands – Community Push being one of them. Community Push’s mission is to repurpose blighted space into safe, clean, and usable skate parks while inspiring Detroit youth to participate in alternative recreational activities. Community Push has given dozens of skateboards to the local youth and doesn’t plan to stop there. The ultimate long-term aspiration is to offer programming and provide lessons for kids interested in Skateboarding.  

On November 11 at 7:00 PM, Community Push and Tino Friendly Foods will partner to host a Pop Up Fundraiser to help reach their goal of raising $5,000. Funds donated at the event will help kick off the operational/administrative aspect of their non-profit organization. Come join local skateboarders and community members at The Majestic Cafe in support of Community Push and their efforts to give the city a multifunctional, alternative recreation facility to be designed, built and maintained by the community, for the community.

The Detroit Skate community has had some recent recognition from the outside skate world. In 2013, founder Derrick Dykas, along with friends, Kevin Krease and Garrett Koehler, were the driving force behind the ESPN XGames Detroit Bid. In which, Detroit was being highly considered, but ultimately they ended up being out bid for logistical/business reasons by Austin, TX. But from that, in 2014 Community Push gained life. They’ve since received local support from Red Bull and hosted a skate session with Pro-Skater Ryan Sheckler when he was in town for Red Bull Hart Lines in Hart Plaza this past summer.

Detroit momentum is growing and now is the time to celebrate for a good cause. We often times, only feel compelled to donate when tragedy strikes – now is your opportunity to see donations go to something that will allow you to be inspired by progress today.