International Institute Building Tenants



IVC Detroit administers international exchange programs on behalf of the United States Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States Congress, and other organizations that have an interest in promoting international relations. The International Visitors Council of Metropolitan Detroit was founded by the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit following World War II.


Welcome Mat Detroit is a collection of services and resources to meet the needs of immigrants, to connect with an immigrant community, or to find ethnic events happening in Southeast Michigan. The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit is a partner in the Global Detroit Welcome Mat Project.

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VSA Michigan is a member of the network of VSA – The International Organization on Arts and Disability, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith (sister of President John F. Kennedy), VSA – The International Organization on Arts and Disability has been designated by the U.S. Congress as the nation’s coordinating agency for arts programs for people with disabilities.


ESL & GED Classes

The Detroit Public Schools were established in 1842 and have graduated many notable standouts in academics, business, government, and athletics over the years. At the International Institute, the highly-experienced teachers of the day ESL classes and GED classes are State of Michigan certified teachers through the Detroit Public Schools. ESL classes are available at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The classes regularly take advantage of our prime location by taking field trips to the many museums and institutions within walking distance of the International Institute, providing students opportunities to practice their new language skills.

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Founded by Jason Wilson in 2005, the Yunion’s mission is to counter negative cultural influences that misdirect the lives of youth and young adults by raising awareness through innovative and relevant youth programming. The Yunion emphasizes developing strong self-discipline and learning and retaining good moral values to produce Detroit’s next generation of adults and leaders.

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Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. It is a charitable service organization that today has chapters worldwide and partners with UNICEF to assist the most impoverished and vulnerable children in the world with health care. In local communities, members assist with projects such as building playgrounds, working at homeless shelters, stocking food pantries to assist the poor, and much more.


The Wayne County Council for the Arts, History & Humanities is an agency of Wayne County government. It has historically met regularly at the International Institute, located in the heart of Wayne County’s art, historical, and educational institutions. An International Institute board member, the late Ms. Lynne Boyle, was long associated with and had served on the board of  WCCAHH. A current International Institute staff member currently serves on the board of WCCAHH.


Founded in 1981, the Princeton Review has long been a leader in offering students classes, tutoring, and resources to prepare them to take national standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, AP, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT.

Dijana – Creative Sewing, Alterations, Embroidery, Silk Painting

Specializes in creative ethnic dance costumes, international cultural attire, custom dress-making, alterations, and sewing classes, by world-renowned dressmaker Dijana Bucolo; provides instruction to commercial sewing machine operation class for the International Institute’s Jobs Programs to provide unemployed Detroit residents with marketable job skills.

Brush Park Conservatory of Music and Fine Arts


Beginner to advanced instruction in classical piano, violin, viola, bass, cello, drums, woodwind, and voice by some of Metro Detroit’s most gifted musicians and musical performers. Ms. Joan Crawford, a Michigan Opera Theater performer, is the director of instruction.

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Detroit Property Improvement & Investments LLC (general contractor)

Detroit Property Improvement & Investments provides instructors in the construction trades for the International Institute’s Jobs Programs to provide unemployed Detroit residents with marketable job skills.

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Africa Resource Center Detroit


African Language Institute; Youth Cultural Immersion; Doing Business With Africa;

Gabriel Ugwu, President  (313) 529-1494.

Detroit Lighthouse Community Theater


Provide Detroiters and surrounding communities with opportunities to be involved in an array of experiences in live theatre, from production planning to the mounting of and acting in a variety of production types in order to.:…Combat community deterioration and build transferable practical and life skills using the unifying, team-spirited activities that are inherent in theatrical productions; and provide opportunities for economic benefits to local businesses surrounding its venue.Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre will enhance a sense of community while building life and practical (hard) skills for its participants using the experiences inherent in stage productions.

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Boydeegirl Strings & Things:


Hand-crafted crochet, beaded items, collectibles, toys, sewing classes