Longform Cherisa Allen, Puffer Reds owner Eric Williams and Trisché Duckworth at Puffer Reds.

Ypsi's Juneteenth weekend to feature "educational celebration," live music, and kids' activities

Attendees of Ypsilanti’s annual Juneteenth weekend celebration will be able to attend events focused as much on community building and education as on fun. 

Longform Melissa Schmidt, Will Heininger, and Andy Nalepa at Skyline High School.

Program supporting student athletes' mental health aims to expand beyond Skyline High School

In May 2017, Kristen and Jeffrey Roberts were shaken when their son Miles died by suicide at age 15. Now they're working to support the mental health of student athletes like Miles at Ann Arbor's Skyline High School.

Innovation News A performance at the inaugural Make Music Ann Arbor in 2023.

Make Music Ann Arbor event will bring free concerts to unconventional Ann Arbor venues

The Ann Arbor District Library will host the second annual Make Music Ann Arbor, which is part of the global Make Music Day celebration held annually on the longest day of the year.

Innovation News An Ypsi Area Street Rods car show in 2018.

Ypsi classic car club celebrates 50th anniversary with car show

The Ypsi Area Street Rods classic car club will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a classic car show at Ford Lake Park in Ypsilanti Township.

Longform Washtenaw County CMH reception

Connecting to mental health services is as simple as picking up a phone

For Michiganders who are looking for answers on mental health care or are having a mental health crisis, help is only a phone call away.

Longform Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Here's what's new and notable at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for 2024

The 41st Ann Arbor Summer Festival will launch June 14, with mostly free music, film, and arts programming running through June 30 in downtown Ann Arbor.

Longform Crysta Coburn and Kay Gray at The Ladies Library building in Ypsilanti.

"Ypsilanti Ghosts and Legends" feature in forthcoming book by Ypsi authors

"Ypsilanti Ghosts & Legends," a book by two Ypsilanti authors detailing hauntings and other spooky tales of Ypsilanti, is set for publication this September.

Feature Story Zara Mian.

Voices of Youth: Michigan teens advocate for driver's license access, youth voting rights

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, youth writer Ela Khasnabis Upton interviews two young people leading change in the future of Michigan politics. 

Feature Story Beth Gibbons, former executive director of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals.

Adapting to climate change is the focus for this Ypsi-based nonprofit with national reach

The Ypsilanti-based American Society of Adaptation Professionals' members are focused on accepting that climate change's effects are already here and deciding how best to adapt.

Innovation News A cocktail at 2020's Artini event.

Try cocktails inspired by Ann Arbor public art at Ann Arbor Art Center's Artini event

You can sample cocktails designed to "pair" with Ann Arbor's public art during Artini, the Ann Arbor Art Center's 15th annual pub crawl fundraiser, on June 21 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Innovation News Richard Kosmacher, senior program director, Midwest, Mobility Development Operations, plugs in one of the electric vehicles at a launch event for a new electric vehicle car-share service available at Avalon Housing properties in Ann Arbor.

Avalon Housing launches electric car-sharing program at three Ann Arbor locations

Residents at the three Avalon properties, as well as any interested community member, are welcome to use the cars at a rate of $5 an hour.

Longform New Habitat homes under construction on Firwood Street in Ypsilanti.

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on first Ypsi Township construction since 2008

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley broke ground on three new homes on Firwood Street in Ypsilanti Township on April 15.

Longform The eastern cottonwood at 3180 Braun Road in Saline.

Here's how to find Washtenaw County's state and national record-setting "champion trees"

Washtenaw County is home to 20 state champion trees and one national champion tree, known respectively as the largest recorded examples of their species in Michigan and the U.S.

Feature Story Posters created by student artists Vaishnavi Attili and Tova Weiss.

Voices of Youth: Students advocate for voting rights through art

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student artists Vaishnavi Attili and Tova Weiss share posters they created to advocate for voting rights.

Feature Story Ypsilanti Youth Poet Laureate Ruth Mella.

Q&A: Ypsi's first Youth Poet Laureate on her inspirations and aspirations

On June 9, the city of Ypsilanti will inaugurate its first-ever Youth Poet Laureate, Ruth Mella. We chatted with Mella about what drew her to creative writing and her plans for her term as Youth Poet Laureate.

Innovation News Art from the June edition of Cinemania.

Ypsi residents create free newsletter cataloging local film screenings and events

Ypsilanti cinephiles Jason Voss and Dustin Krcatovich's free monthly print newsletter, Cinemania, offers a curated schedule of upcoming Southeast Michigan film screenings and events.

Innovation News Westside Art Hop in 2023.

Artists set to take over Ann Arbor's West Side as Westside Art Hop returns

Residents of Ann Arbor's West Side neighborhood will host artist booths in their garages, porches, driveways, and yards, while visitors are invited to browse and buy original artwork. 

Innovation News A Throne Labs public bathroom in downtown Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor installs semi-permanent public restrooms for 12-month pilot program

The city is working with Washington, D.C.-based startup Throne Labs to increase accessibility to clean bathrooms for residents and guests alike.

Innovation News Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool in Ann Arbor.

Local coalition releases action plan to improve child care in Washtenaw, Livingston counties

The Livingston and Washtenaw Counties Child Care Coalition, a collaboration of local child care providers, families, policymakers, and economic development professionals, recently released an action plan to improve child care in the region. 

Longform Lunchtime at Oehrli Elementary School in Montague, Mich.

Michigan's free school meals yield high returns for student health and academic success

Michigan has become one of eight states to make free school meals available to all, creating notable benefits for students' health.

Hasini and Harshini Anand are members of Corner Health Center's Youth Leadership Council and mental health advocates.


   Voices of Youth
Concentrate's Voices of Youth series features content created by Washtenaw County youth in partnership with Concentrate mentors, as well as feature stories by adult writers that examine issues of importance to local youth. Click here for a full list of the latest content from this series.