We Train Kids For Life

DBG’s transformative mentorship, individualized academic plans, and measured impact are setting the standard. We are working hard to change broken systems and provide a brighter future. We have maintained a 100% high school graduation rate for the last 16 years. And our academic impact is just a small piece of the real transformative work we do.


We are fierce champions for children. Since 2007, DBG has been breaking down barriers, providing vital resources, and helping students succeed. We’ve built one of the nation’s leading out-of-school time programs with passion, dedication, and unwavering commitment to our kids.

Meet DBG’s Four Student Researchers for the National Science Foundation

There was an air of hushed intensity as four Downtown Boxing Gym students and Purdue University researchers paired off in twos to conduct practice interviews, ...
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DBG Accepts National Literacy Award in Washington, D.C.

The Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG) champions literacy for children – and the nation is taking notes. DBG is the proud recipient of a 2023 Library ...
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Rose’s Fine Food Founder Molly Mitchell Joins DBG to Lead Culinary Arts Program

A decade ago, Molly Mitchell opened Rose’s Fine Food on Detroit’s east side with a simple mission, “to provide from-scratch food with quality local ingredients ...
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How We Serve

We believe education is a human right. We provide a holistic, personalized learning plan for each student, enrichment programming, college and career readiness, social-emotional skills building, basic needs support, and so much more. We also knock down barriers like food insecurity, transportation and the digital divide to make sure nothing stands in our students’ way. Click below for an inside look at the magic of DBG.


We meet students where they are. Testing and personalized learning plans + daily tutoring, math and literacy intervention and more.


Sports sampling, Intensive boxing and conditioning drills, mindfulness, cardio, strength, and flexibility classes.


Coaching, mentorship, and peer support to reinforce a positive self-image.


Coding classes, cooking, STEAM programming, and access to music studio, career exploration, and more.

Health & wellness

Nutritious meals, free flu shots, physicals, mobile eye exams, and community service opportunities.

college & career readiness

Career days, networking sessions, essay writing and application help, scholarship opportunities and college tours.


Our fleet of vans and drivers pick up and drop off students daily, breaking down the barrier of lack of transportation, and providing a safe, convenient way for students to attend DBG.

Our Impact

We change lives, and that changes the world. DBG provides a safe space for young leaders to discover their passions. Today’s students are tomorrow’s doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, engineers, and so much more. Our DBG family is strong, and we invite you to join us.

Support DBG and help change lives

Join us to help our students become positive changemakers in their community.