DIS Sustainability


Focusing on the community’s vision, rather than importing a new vision from “outside” the community.


Engaging students and community residents in planning and implementation, and increasing the influence of key community and school leaders.


Recruiting new stakeholders who make long-term commitments to the Durfee Innovation Society and the surrounding neighborhood.

Going Beyond the Walls

Invested in the neighborhood surrounding DIS, more than 11,000 volunteers banned together to do blight removal and beautification, cleaning over 367 blocks in the neighborhood and boarding up 534 vacant properties.