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.

Longform The former Eastern Michigan University Gary Owen College of Business Building.

Ypsilanti anticipates downtown growth after coworking business acquires EMU building

Ypsilanti officials and residents are hoping that MI-HQ's recent acquisition of the former Eastern Michigan University Gary Owen College of Business Building will bring big benefits to their community.

Feature Story Thylicia video screenshot

Voices of Youth: Combating single-storied perceptions of the African continent

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student journalist Thylicia Babumba discusses the impact of stereotypes with young Ann Arbor residents of African heritage.

Development News The renovated Morris Lawrence Building.

WCC reopens Morris Lawrence Building after $13.5 million renovation

The renovation includes a variety of infrastructure improvements, including new flooring, lighting, and a more eco-friendly energy system.

Innovation News A flyer for the FACE conference and Back to School Bash.

"Breakfast Club" host to keynote inaugural Family and Community Empowerment conference in Ypsi

The conference, which focuses on care, safety, academics, and partnerships, was long delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it's back, with a nationally known radio personality as its keynote speaker.

Innovation News Disability Equity Challenge logo

United Way of Washtenaw County to launch 21-Day Disability Equity Challenge

The United Way of Washtenaw County has opened registration for an online challenge that aims to raise awareness about the disability community's experience in Washtenaw County.

Longform Ann Arbor Fire Department Fire Chief Mike Kennedy.

New ambulance for Ann Arbor Fire Department will reduce wait times for help

Worker shortages have increased ambulance response times, but the Ann Arbor Fire Department has a new stop-gap measure to address the problem.

Longform The lodge at Bruin Lake Education Center.

Washtenaw Promise collaborates on new Ypsi reading program, buys campground for educational uses

Ypsi-based nonprofit Washtenaw Promise is collaborating on a new one-on-one reading program in Ypsi and has purchased a campground just north of Chelsea for teacher training, children's nature events, and more.

Longform Clockwise from upper left: students Nani C., Emily N., Fiza C., and Salem D.; and adult leaders Lori Saginaw, Yen Azzaro, and Anna Gonzalez.

Voices of Youth: AAPI leaders speak out on Asian stereotypes and how to combat them

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student journalists Ella Yip and Thylicia Babumba discuss the impact of stereotypes with local AAPI youth and adult leaders.

Feature Story A design for a dress challenging stereotypes of Asian women, created by student Ella Yip.

Voices of Youth: Confronting stereotypes of Asian women through fashion design

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student artist Ella Yip shares her design for a dress that refutes common stereotypes of Asian women.

Innovation News Washtenaw County logo

Washtenaw County connects first home to broadband internet under new initiative

In September 2021, the county board of commissioners approved a funds proposal to get every home in the county connected to high-speed broadband internet as part of the county's Washtenaw Rescue Plan. 

Innovation News A promotional image for "Formula 734: Volume 2."

Intergenerational Ypsi hip-hop project creates juvenile diversion program as part of second album

Ypsi-based Formula 734 is back this year with a second album and a focus on keeping young men out of the criminal justice system.

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: