seven mile

Music • Arts • Coding


About Us

Our Story

Seven Mile conducts music, arts, and coding lessons for students in Detroit to provide an opportunity for creative expression. The lack of public funding prevents access to extracurricular education for many children. To help close the gap, Seven Mile holds weekly lessons during the school year taught by University of Michigan volunteers. During the summer, we host Brightmoor Arts Academy, a six-week program taught by professional music educators.

Seven Mile began as a music education program during the 2013-2014 school year. University of Michigan SMTD alum Sam Saunders founded Seven Mile in direct response to the harsh cuts to music and arts education funding in Detroit Public Schools. Based on a belief that every student should have access to music education, Seven Mile understands that the opportunity to creatively express oneself is essential for all children and has since expanded to teach art, creative writing, and coding.

Our Mission

Providing music, arts, and coding enrichment for Detroit youth through meaningful relationships between teachers, students, and community partners.

Our Vision

For all Detroit youth to have access to music, arts, and coding enrichment opportunities.


Providing Detroit students with extracurricular experiences that inspire and enrich creative thought


Teaching music, art, and computer science skills with the aid of both volunteers and professional educators


Helping our partners achieve their goals through a mutual relationship of respect and understanding


Fostering civic solidarity by connecting University of Michigan students with our greater Detroit community

Executive Board

Development director
Membership director
Public relations director
Music director
Arts campus director
Arts community coordinators
Coding co-directors

Sam Redlich
Julia Bezems
Marcus Lee
Dominic Aquino
Kyle Finos
Rachel Safir
Emily Wrobel
Auriana Leismer
Dylan Yono, Trina Pal
Clare Affinito, Ria Bazaz