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Stories of ImpactNatural Environment

Restoring Rivers, Connecting Communities with Huron Pines

Grayling, MI (June 2020)—From fishing and canoeing to kayaking, swimming and picnicking at the water’s edge, the recreation on our Michigan rivers is priceless. Yet hundreds of our precious water resources are struggling to stay resilient. Sometimes that means that these rivers are backed up by dams or sediment, making them susceptible to flooding or difficult for fish to traverse. These types of issues can affect the health of our waters, fisheries and the outdoor fun we have with our families.

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Stories of ImpactEconomic Vitality

From Idea to Ownership: Allen Neighborhood Center’s Accelerator Program Empowers Food Entrepreneurship

Lansing, MI (June, 2021) -Breaking into the food industry can require a lot of grit and hard work, not to mention extensive capital and market savvy. It’s an enormous undertaking for a sole entrepreneur. To ease the burden, shared Incubator kitchens have been popping up all over the U.S., including 15 in Michigan. One such Incubator space was opened by the Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, and has since supported the dreams of 57 small food businesses.

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News

Downtown Boxing Gym’s Green Building

Detroit, MI (April 20, 2021)—We only have one planet. And Downtown Boxing Gym (DBG) is proud to do our part to help sustain it. Over the last five years, we have worked hard to transform our 1941 building.

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Stories of ImpactArts and Culture

Detroit Children’s Choir Unleashes the Power of Music with Detroit’s Underserved Youth in Partnership with Matrix Human Services

Detroit, MI (February, 2021) - The Detroit Children’s Choir utilizes the power of choral music education to foster musical excellence and build an inclusive community of creative, confident, and focused youth and teens. The organization provides programs on-site at schools and community hubs, reaching the city’s most isolated and vulnerable student populations where transportation is a challenge.

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Stories of ImpactEconomic Vitality

TechTown Supports Small Businesses in Uncertain Times

Detroit, MI (February, 2021) - All across Detroit, small businesses are struggling to respond to the changing market conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic. Many are in need of critical business and technical assistance to transition in a crisis. TechTown, Detroit’s most established business accelerator, is working with more than 400 entrepreneurs to ensure they weather the storm and move their business forward. Most of these businesses are low- to moderate-income micro-entrepreneurs that employ fewer than 10 employees. “These are legacy neighborhood business owners that have had to quickly shift to use and understand technology that they had shied away from, frankly, for years,” says Amy Rencher.

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Stories of ImpactLearning Initiatives

City Year Detroit Gets At-Risk Students on Track for Graduation

Detroit, MI (February 2021)—Research by Johns Hopkins University shows that students who are most likely to drop out of school can be identified as early as 6th grade. This is determined by looking at early warning indicators: poor attendance, disruptive behavior and course failure in English or math. In Detroit, a disproportionate number of students exhibit these indicators.

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Stories of ImpactLearning Initiatives

Supporting STEAM-based Learning in Detroit with Brilliant Detroit

Detroit, MI (September 2020)—Kindergarten readiness is a powerful predictor of success later in life. Science shows 80 to 90 percent of the brain is developed by age three, making early childhood the critical time for children to experience high-quality programming. In Detroit, STEAM-based learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) is not readily available for families in need.

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