Micah Walker, BridgeDetroit

Friends of the Children works with kids who have adverse childhood experiences that include experiencing violence, abuse or neglect, having a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol or being placed in the foster care system.

Last year, the Detroit Public Schools Community District was only able to offer limited summer programs for students who needed to catch up.

‘It is hard,’ says one teacher about the challenge of teaching about a complex conflict. ‘But it's also what we want to be doing.’

Two other district staffers also lost their jobs: One for bringing a loaded gun on district property, and the other for assaulting a student.