HUMANS OF ISHINOTROIT is a collaborative production of high school students at DHDC in southwest Detroit, young people active at ITNAV in Ishinomaki, and undergraduates from the University of Michigan. A compendium of stories from both cities, this website serves as an interactive space for youth in SW Detroit and Ishinomaki.


DHDC | DHDC’s mission is to make a difference by creating life-changing opportunities for youth and their families. We are committed to meeting the needs of our community by providing quality, innovative and culturally appropriate services, primarily in Southwest Detroit. Our vision is to create a stable and safe community where youth and families have quality opportunities for self-empowerment, education, and personal wealth.

ITNAV | Founded in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Tsunami, ITNAV is a hybrid for-profit/NPO operation that promotes K-12 programming and graphic design education in Ishinomaki. Based in a repurposed vacant building, ITNAV provides in-house coding and graphic design workshops; dispatches staff to support coding courses in local high schools; and provides study space, computers, and mentorship for local youth interested in IT.