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How Motivated Kids and Better Food Access Fit Together

At Sprout Urban Farms in Battle Creek, kids grow produce for a mobile food hub, which transports fresh food to neighborhoods that are lacking.

Jumping Ship: Former Corporate Leaders Tell All

Join Michigan Nightlight this month in Detroit and Grand Rapids for a special speakers series event, Jumping Ship: Leaders Who Left the Corporate Sector for the Social Sector. 

Flipping the Script on Teacher-and-Textbook Instruction

Detroit Future Schools artists use technology to open classrooms into spaces where students take ownership of their education.

Kids Discover the Power of Pedaling

After losing her car, Angela Stamps discovered a new way to see the world after being given a bike. She has since repaid the favor by showing kids the benefits of cycling in Flint. 

Practice for Poverty: Hunger Games

In Manistee, students go from classroom to grocery store and then into the kitchen to cook a meal they've purchased for very little money. 

Taking Young Poets To A Bigger Stage

A Flint-based arts group is helping young poets hone their talent with a goal to compete in an international youth poetry festival and slam contest. Along the way, they're making connections and spurring on other young spoken word artists.

Turning the Tide on Typical Low-Income Housing

Homes+Services, a pilot program of Neighborhoods, Inc. of Battle Creek, approaches housing in a holistic way; it partners with others for job training, education and financial counseling.

Care, Concern and Consistency Get Youth Back on Track

One Wyoming 1 on 1 uses the power of relationships to keep kids in school and on track. Adult mentors are matched with at-risk kids; early results show great promise.

Two Years and Running: Nightlight's Top Five Stories

While Michigan Nightlight’s mission is all about moving forward – covering forward thinkers and forward-looking programs and approaches – we figured our two-year anniversary is actually a great time to look back. We’re proud to share our top five stories, in terms of content read by the largest number of readers. Take a look or another look.

How to Build an Equitable Food System: Lessons from Battle Creek

Good Food Battle Creek wants to improve access to healthy food by bringing residents, growers, nonprofits, and other concerned folks together to address challenges in the local food system. 

Transforming Neighborhoods and Attitudes

Block By Block, a program of Team 313 youth development organization, is clearing trash-strewn lots and changing people’s minds about littering. However, its biggest success may be the values youth learn while keeping their neighborhoods clean.

Putting the Brakes on Bullying

End Bullying, Save Lives is a newly founded Grand Rapids nonprofit working to stop bullying. The organization’s three founders have all been victims of some form of bullying.

Long-time Children's Advocate Embraces New Role

As Matt Gillard takes the helm of Michigan’s Children, a statewide, nonpartisan advocacy group, he plans to move children’s issues up the priority list for elected officials. 

Transforming the Lives of First-Time Moms

Vulnerable first-time mothers are raising healthy kids with the help of visiting nurses in Detroit.

Making Piano Accessible for All Kids

Piano Labs gives some of Kalamazoo’s most vulnerable kids and young adults a chance to make music and become pianists. 
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How Motivated Kids and Better Food Access Fit Together


Stuart Ray, Mindy Ysasi, Mike Kerkorian, Ellen Carpenter from Grand Rapids' Nonprofits

Jumping Ship: Former Corporate Leaders Tell All


Detroit Future Schools

Flipping the Script on Teacher-and-Textbook Instruction

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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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Dream Big, Start Small

Dream Big, Start Small in Kalamazoo reaches children as early a possible to better prepare them for school.
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