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Career Education in the Kitchen

At Ann Arbor's Food Gatherers, feeding the hungry is only part of the equation. Preparing at-risk young adults for careers in the food industry is another. 

Mentoring For Children From Migrant Families

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance's Migrant Mentoring program offers community advocates and coaches an opportunity to connect with school-aged migrant children.

The Power of Collective Impact

From Detroit, to Battle Creek to Holland, nonprofits, businesses, and community members are impacting social problems using a collective impact framework. 

Speaker Series: Creative Cities, The Next Generation

Join us August 22 in Detroit or Grand Rapids for a dual-city conversation on the state of arts education.

Truffles Not Trouble For Convicted Young People

Dale Anderson wanted to help kids by teaching them building trades skills. He ended up teaching them how to make truffles. Here's the story on Confections with Convictions.

Southwest Comes Alive With Arts Education

Southwest Detroit attracts people with its ethnic food, its early 20th-century architecture, and, increasingly, its innovative learning projects. 

The Next Generation of Creative Problem Solvers

Arts education contributes to all that we want for Michigan kids: academic achievement, emotional and social maturity, and equitable opportunity. But with pressure to raise standardized test scores, arts and culture programs are often pushed aside. We’ll take a look at who is filing the arts gap and why.

VIDEO: Arts Education Detroit - Filling the Gap

Arts education meaningfully contributes to academic success, social development, civic engagement, and equal opportunity -- all the good things we want for Detroit kids. In our latest Michigan Nightlight video, we look at who's filling the gap in arts education and why. 

VIDEO: Shaping Creativity for Grand Rapids Youth

Colorful, relevant, and inspiring, this Michigan Nightlight video looks at who is filling the gap in arts education in Grand Rapids and why.

Knee-High Naturalists Introduces World of Wonder

Petting reptiles and learning about amphibians too -- it’s all in a day for Battle Creek's Knee-High Naturalists. 

Open Roads Opens Doors For Kalamazoo Young People

Once you've learned how to fix a bike what else can you fix? For young people in Kalamazoo, Open Roads teaches the skills to find out. 

Creative Writing, Tutoring Build Student Confidence

The nonprofit 826michigan recently expanded programming into Detroit. Participating students are digging it. 

Creating Change In Michigan's Food Systems

How is Michigan doing in creating systemic change around food access, nutrition, and sustainability for low-income children and families? 

Teens Find New Direction With Mountain Biking

Start the Cycle introduces court-referred and at-risk teens to the sport of mountain biking as a positive alternative to drug and alcohol use and other unhealthy activities. 

Building Community Through Hip Hop

All of the Above in Lansing uses the fundamentals of hip hop to engage kids in community change.
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Can systemic racism impact infant mortality?

Even when controlling for poverty, education level, and tobacco use of a mother, maternal and infant health outcomes are far worse for minority populations than European-American women. What's causing the continued disparities? And what can West Michigan do to ensure all babies born here have the best chance of reaching their potential? Zinta Aistars reports on Strong Beginnings, one local program working to give all families a fair start.

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Company Supports 4th Grade Field Trips to Lake Michigan

Parents working more than one job or odd hours, a lack of funds, and no transportation often prevent kids from experiencing one of Michigan’s incredible natural resources. For the majority of west side Grand Rapids elementary school kids, Lake Michigan is sadly out of reach. OST has teamed up with Grand Rapids Public Schools to give fourth-graders at west side schools the opportunity to experience the big lake firsthand.


Youth Decide Where Grant Dollars are Spent

For Grand Rapids students who serve as trustees-in-training on the GRCF Youth Grant Committee, giving back to the community goes hand in hand with empowering students to succeed. 
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