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Longform Rayce Biggs performing at the John E Lawrence Summer Jazz Concert Series.

7 things to do in Washtenaw County before summer ends

It’s easy to feel like the season is slipping away, but there are still plenty of ways to get the most out of your summer in Washtenaw County.

Longform The Ypsilanti District Library's new branch in Superior Township under construction.

Ypsi District Library preps new branch, expanded programs for women and girls, strategic plan update

The library system has a new branch on the way in Superior Township, but that's just the most visible recent example of YDL's efforts to better serve its community's changing needs.

Feature Story State Rep. Felicia Brabec and U-M Human Trafficking Clinic Founding Director Bridgette Carr are both Washtenaw County-based advocates for human trafficking awareness.

Voices of Youth: How public misperception of human trafficking makes it harder to combat

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student journalists Paighton Gimotty and Lucy Tobier examine the challenges of combating human trafficking.

Innovation News Riders board an AAATA bus.

Here's how transit in Washtenaw County will improve after recent millage passage

After voters this month approved the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's proposal for a millage to expand transit services, service improvements are slated to take effect in summer 2024.

Innovation News 988 graphic

Here's how the new national mental health crisis line will work in Washtenaw County

In Washtenaw County, implementing the new 24/7 988 line has brought improved visibility to services that already existed locally.

Innovation News A visitor views the "Hamburgers for Breakfast" exhibit at the McKenny Gallery.

EMU's "Hamburgers for Breakfast" exhibit examines history of food at the university

Much has changed at Eastern Michigan University in 100 years, but concerns about food access and food insecurity have been a constant. Students examine those issues in a new exhibit at the McKenny Gallery.

Longform Billy Cole.

Ypsi-based nonprofits receive county grants for community violence intervention

Thanks to American Rescue Plan Act funding, several local nonprofits recently received Washtenaw County Community Priority Fund grants or technical assistance to address community violence.

Longform Keyla Garcia-Rodriguez.

Voices of Youth: Local youth speak out on Washtenaw County's gun violence epidemic and how to end it

Local youth have felt the grave impact of rising gun violence, and they're advocating for more gun control to address the situation.  

Feature Story "The Hands of the Named" by Elleona Ragland.

Voices of Youth: Poetry and art on gun violence

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student Elleona Ragland shares her visual art and poetry on the topic of gun violence.

Innovation News Washtenaw County logo

Washtenaw County joins national effort to make fees and fines fairer

The county was selected as one of six local governments to participate in a national network of communities working to reform fine and fee practices that disproportionately impact low-income residents.

Innovation News Growing Hope staff, with new Executive Director Julius Buzzard pictured second from right in bottom row.

Growing Hope's Community Day to spotlight new executive director, offer free food and workshops

Ypsilanti-area residents are invited to Growing Hope's Community Day & Meet and Greet event on Aug. 12, offering a chance to meet new Executive Director Julius Buzzard and participate in food and gardening activities.

Longform Stacy Stout, director of equity and engagement for the city of Grand Rapids.

Nearly 20 Michigan communities have declared racism a public health crisis. What happens next?

Here's a look at the actions three Michigan communities have taken since passing declarations that racism is a public health crisis.

Innovation News A flyer for the Downtown Association of Ypsilanti's recent Ypsi Love Mixer.

Downtown Association of Ypsilanti seeks to broaden representation of Ypsi businesses

The Downtown Association of Ypsilanti is mulling big changes to create a more united and inclusive business community in Ypsilanti.

Longform The Newton of Ypsilanti.

New owners of historic Ypsi home plan a B&B and culinary community hub

The owners of a new bed and breakfast called The Newton of Ypsilanti are highlighting the structure's unique history while also seeking to grow connections with the Ypsilanti community of today.

Longform Chef Duc Tang at Pacific Rim by Kana.

Ann Arbor's robust Asian food scene helps build cross-cultural understanding

Here's how a community of local culinary visionaries are using Asian food to nourish understanding and bonding between cultures.

Feature Story Autumn Crump holds her poster.

Voices of Youth: Promoting a safer, cleaner community through art

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student artists Aubrey Crump, Autumn Crump, and Antoine Florence share a poster they created about how to better your community.

Development News The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, the Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority, and the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative officially broke ground on a new segment of the B2B Trail at Delhi Metropark on July 14.

New Border to Border Trail segment breaks ground in Scio Township

A new segment of the Border to Border has broken ground, connecting Delhi Metropark to Zeeb Road in Scio Township. 

Development News Kanbu Sushi's new location at 777 E. Eisenhower Parkway.

Two local restaurants open new locations in Ann Arbor's 777 Building

The new restaurants are part of a concentrated effort to increase tenancy and offer more amenities to workers at the 777 building, and to make the surrounding area more walkable and livable for all.

Longform Katherine Rosenblum, co-director of the University of Michigan's Zero to Thrive program.

Michigan programs aim to prevent preschool expulsions, reducing lifelong harmful effects

Some early childhood professionals use the term "preschool to prison pipeline" to describe the way preschool and daycare expulsions and suspensions rock children's lives.

Longform The LSNC Nature Playscape under construction.

Ambitious Ann Arbor nature playscape to continue growth with support from major new gift

Leslie Science and Nature Center's Nature Playscape offers young visitors opportunities to invent, engineer, slide, climb, and learn in a natural setting.

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. Read the stories below: