Let’s put an end to youth violence!

Do the Write Thing Detroit

Meet our team

dtwt Detroit National ambassadors in Washington, d.c.

Zemen Marrugi, M.Ed.

DTWT Detroit

City Chair

important dates

Principal Letter


for violence free communities

  • February 24, 2017: Each School’s male and female finalists selected and information forwarded to Detroit DTWT Chair Zemen Marrugi. A minimum of 100 essays need to be received by Host School, Detroit Enterprise Academy for your school’s finalists to be considered for the Detroit National Ambassador position. Deliver all essays to Host School, Detroit Enterprise Academy by Friday, February 24, 2017.

    Attn: Zemen Marrugi
    Detroit Enterprise Academy
    11224 Kercheval
    Detroit, MI 48214


end youth violence

Teacher Letter

Download the 2017 Detroit Schools Participation Packet

teacher packets

Denise A. Barnes

DTWT Detroit

City Coordinator

Writeabout youth violence

Each year, two National Student Ambassadors are selected from a pool of Detroit middle school students to represent the City of Detroit's Do the Write Thing Essay Challenge in Washington, D.C.  Each school's two student finalists' winning essays on youth violence are added to the State of Michigan's State Library.  The two National Student Ambassadors receive a full paid trip to Washington, D.C., accompanied by a parent and teacher.  The National Student Ambassadors' winning essays are published in the Library of Congress.