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Students Design Solutions for Neighborhood

Students at the GRPS Academy of Design and Construction are getting in on the ground floor, so to speak, as they partner with Habitat Kent to envision, design, and eventually build a mixed-use development right in their own community. 

Building Networks for Job Success

Youth Employment Solutions and the Detroit Youth Development Commission's employment program help young people in Detroit develop skills needed to find jobs and prepare themselves for a better future. 

U-M Field Social Workers Benefit Nonprofits

More than just a well-respected educational institution, U-M's School of Social Work assigns hundreds of students to work for and with nonprofits throughout Washtenaw County. Those students have become a uniquely powerful community asset, offering much-needed support to local organizations and acting as ambassadors for new ideas and strategies.

Revolutions Aims to Get Kids on Bikes and Skis

A quiet revolution is taking root in Marquette. Aptly named Revolutions, the program aims to give young people access to the Upper Peninsula's great outdoors.

Finding the Balance Between an Asian and American Identity

No matter how loving the home, Asian adoptees often struggle with identity. The impacts of race and culture don't diminish with assimilation. Mam Non is a support program that helps adopted children and their parents bridge the gap between their Asian and American identities.

Teens Create App for Downtown Grand Rapids

Students on WMCAT's app design team are discovering their city while learning about design thinking in a unique partnership with Mutually Human and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. 

Kids Get Leg Up on Health and Fitness

For many Michigan kids, reductions in elective physical education classes and recess time leaves them less able to move their bodies in a healthy way every day. Luckily, Gymco is a big player in the business of teaching kids how to play, and they're helping the littlest Grand Rapidians build healthy bodies and strong minds right here in West Michigan.

Kids Nurture Detroit Gardens

The productive green space is part of the Detroit School Garden Collaborative, a partnership between the Detroit Public Schools and the Greening of Detroit. Amy Kuras eagerly looks forward to planting season in this report. 

Hands-on Tech Experience for Middle School Girls

With support from Atomic Object, Software GR hosts unique, one-day, hands-on tech experiences for middle school girls. 

Support for Children of Migrant Workers

Without migrant laborers, many Michigan farms wouldn't get their crops in. But the groups of temporary residents can challenge the services available in rural areas. Groups across northwest Michigan provide help with day care, health care, dental services, and summer school for children of the migrant workers who pick crops or do other farm labor for a living.

Ranch for Challenged Kids

HopeWell Ranch, northwest of Mt. Pleasant, offers emotionally challenged kids, and other children, a place to connect with horses, learn about relationships, and build self-esteem.

Career Education in Schools

A combination of mentoring, job shadowing, and taking kids inside classrooms and labs used to train tomorrow's scientists, doctors and coders is helping prepare young Detroiters for careers in health care. 

Dealing with Student Conflict

Restorative Circles, a new program at Godfrey Lee Middle School in Wyoming, teaches conflict resolution and builds empathy with help from the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan. 

Getting to School on Two Feet

Suburban sprawl has led to a new generation of children being driven to school instead of walking or biking. But with Michigan's Safe Routes to Schools program funding sidewalks and other infrastructure, walking and biking are the new educational path. 

Diversity in Hamtramck Schools

In Hamtramck, where immigrant families from all over the world have settled for generations, students are as likely to speak Arabic or Bengali as they are English. 
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Students Design Solutions for Neighborhood

Students at the GRPS Academy of Design and Construction are getting in on the ground floor, so to speak, as they partner with Habitat Kent to envision, design, and eventually build a mixed-use development right in their own community. 

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Building Networks for Job Success

Youth Employment Solutions and the Detroit Youth Development Commission's employment program help young people in Detroit develop skills needed to find jobs and prepare themselves for a better future. 

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U-M Field Social Workers Benefit Nonprofits

More than just a well-respected educational institution, U-M's School of Social Work assigns hundreds of students to work for and with nonprofits throughout Washtenaw County. Those students have become a uniquely powerful community asset, offering much-needed support to local organizations and acting as ambassadors for new ideas and strategies.
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