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Martin Luther King Boxing and Mentoring Program

Kids learn more than left jabs and right hooks at the Martin Luther King Boxing and Mentoring Program in east Grand Rapids. The program’s one-on-one mentoring adds a Big Brother Big Sister-esque component and creates a family-like atmosphere for young athletes. 

All-of-Us Express Children’s Theatre

All-of-Us Express Children’s Theatre in Lansing has been raising the curtain and shining a light on area youth for over 20 years. The unique skills and experiences this organization infuses into the lives of youth permeate through to their futures, equipping them to not only be creative leaders, but leaders who understand the value of collaborative effort. 
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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.

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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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