As the most vulnerable youth in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are struggling in school; lacking readiness for post-secondary academics; and living with environmental stress in a multitude of areas, the Vulnerable Youth Project is tackling their issues head on in effort to improve quality of life and stimulate better outcomes.
SEEDS, an acronym for Seeking Ecology, Education and Design Solutions, takes a multi-faceted, holistic approach to improving ecological and educational systems in the Grand Traverse area. SEEDS improves and enriches the communities it serves through a diverse array of programming such as after-school cooking clubs, Great Lakes Bioneers, and a Youth Conservation Corps.
Art Road Nonprofit provides art classes in Detroit Public Schools where there were none. And these aren’t just any art classes. Art Road’s instructors are Cranbrook Academy of Art graduates who bring high-quality teaching and techniques to Detroit elementary school students – enriching their school experience tremendously.
Many school children do not get the sleep they need for proper learning, health, and overall behavior. The R.E.M. (Rest. Educate. Motivate.) Sleep Education Program fills the missing gap of sleep education, working with low-income and impoverished kids and families in southeast Michigan schools. R.E.M. teaches good sleep sense and provides aids to create a proper sleep environment, such as sleeping bags, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.
The Alternatives For Girls' Shelter & Transition to Independent Living Program goes far beyond a meal and a roof for homeless girls and young women in metro Detroit. In a caring and nurturing setting, the program offers counseling and educational services to help reunite girls with family or to ready them for self-reliance.
A welcome, dependable place for a hot meal in Pontiac, the Baldwin Family Soup Kitchen never turns away anyone seeking a meal. Volunteers and those needing meals connect, and both are satiated in more ways than one.
The Women & Children's Shelter at Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids offers warm meals, beds to sleep in, children's activities, and inviting hugs and smiles to homeless women and their children. Guests can stay at the shelter for up to 60 days and are offered an array of services to help get them back on their feet.
The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative is a group of Grand Rapids organizations that are aspiring toward a community where all children, regardless of the neighborhood where they live, are able to grow and learn, and reach their potential as adults.
Neighborhoods Working in Partnership: Youth Mobilizing for Policy Change builds capacity of Detroit youth to engage in policy change so that they can have their voices heard. Hands-on workshops cover the steps and skills for policy advocacy and then youth use the tools to bring about change in issues they care about. The youth advocacy training is an effort of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center.
Small but mighty, Education Trust - Midwest, headquartered in Royal Oak, is pushing to close the achievement gap and raise learning levels for all Michigan students. With a focus on what’s best for students, the organization is making headway in reforming teacher policies that will boost educator effectiveness.
The Youth Public Engagement Internship Program offers Battle Creek high school students an opportunity to train and prepare for their future. The elite few selected are afforded the rare chance to not only job shadow professionals in the line of work they hope to pursue after they finish school, but participate in meaningful experiences that bring fresh perspectives to their workplaces.
Any attempt to help young people succeed in life is best accomplished when parents, teachers, and community agencies collaborate. The School Success Partnership in northeast Michigan has proven that collaboration really works, as measured by better grades, attendance, and behavior.
The Youth Services Work Group looks at social services that are available for Calhoun County youth, from birth to adulthood, and identifies gaps in service delivery. Made up of professionals from the juvenile justice system, the education system, the Department of Human Services, corporate and philanthropic organizations, and others, the group tries to identify and remove potential barriers for vulnerable youth to access needed services.
The Little Engineer that Could is an apt name for DAPCEP’s K-3 supplemental education offering. The inventive program brings parents, teachers, and kids together while introducing concepts like gears, water, and electricity. For youngsters, it nurtures an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. For adults, the program helps foster parental engagement and prepares them for supporting young learners at home.
Each year, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History brings a unique collection of children’s workshops to libraries in southeast Michigan with its Family Reading and Science Program. Content changes from year to year; this year, in fun, kid-friendly settings, children learned to prepare, enjoy and understand foods from around the globe; to appreciate the likenesses and differences between races; and to recognize the inspirations that drive the universal language of music.