Madonna to provide funding to Detroit charter school, boxing gym and program to train homeless women

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Madonna is taking an interest in Detroit and the pop star says she is willing to bring money to town and help. The Michigan native will provide funding to a youth boxing gym, a charter school and a program that trains and helps homeless women.

In a press release issued Monday, Madonna said, "A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit and I’m humbled to be able to give back to my community.”

The star visited Detroit earlier this year. “I was deeply inspired by the efforts of so many people who I met who have dedicated themselves to helping the kids and adults in Detroit elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty," she said of her visit.

She will help fund the building of a new facility for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym . Their program teaches boxing and also provides after-school educational mentoring.

Madonna will also put money toward the Detroit Achievement Academy. The charter school currently serves kindergarten and first grade students and her donation will help pay for, "equipment, art and music supplies including speakers, iPods, iPads and Smart Boards for each classroom."

A donation to the Empowerment Plan will help that organization serve additional homeless women in the city. The program trains them to construct coats that also function as sleeping bags. The organization also provides job training and steady employment to the women it serves.

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