Longform The Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education in downtown Ypsilanti.

Consortium celebrates 15 years of expanding educational options for Washtenaw County students

The Washtenaw Educational Options Consortium offers several programs designed to support a variety of unique educational needs, including early college classes, online education, and more.

Longform Jessica Ashmore and Stacia Zellner of the Ypsilanti Secret Santa Society.

Ypsi's Secret Santa Society brightens holiday season for families in need

For the past four years, volunteers have collected and distributed presents, decorations, and household items for local families during the holiday season.

Feature Story Kadiatou Kitagbe Kaba's art project, "Inside Our Mind."

Voices of Youth: Poems and art on mental health

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student Kadiatou Kitagbe Kaba shares her artwork and poetry on the topic of mental health.

Development News The future site of the HUB Center.

Ann Arbor nonprofit to launch community resource center in Ypsi Township

Peace Neighborhood Center will renovate a former church to create the HUB Center, serving Ypsilanti Township's Sugarbrook and Gault Village neighborhoods.

Innovation News Blake Transit Center in Ann Arbor.

Express bus service from Ann Arbor to Ypsi set to debut in 2024

A $2.1 million grant will support a new high-capacity bus service on Washtenaw Avenue, shaving 11 minutes off the travel time between Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

Innovation News Jones School students hold up their report cards.

Historic marker planned to honor closed majority-Black Ann Arbor school

A group of staff and alumni at Ann Arbor's Community High School (CHS) are leading an effort to install a historical marker honoring the primarily Black school that once occupied what is now the CHS building.

Innovation News Supportive Connections logo

New Ann Arbor program supports those at risk of becoming involved with criminal justice system

Supportive Connections will provide help with substance abuse, mental health, physical health, and education through a combination of counseling, referrals, and partnerships with outside programs.

Longform A free naloxone vending machine at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library.

How can Washtenaw County turn around a startling rise in opioid overdose deaths?

County providers are pursuing a number of strategies, including traditional recovery services, community outreach, and harm reduction, to reconnect residents to support.

Longform 2Marines co-founder Josh McAllister.

Ypsi organizations receive $3 million in federal funds to support child care, combat homelessness

Eleven Washtenaw County organizations addressing housing, homelessness, and child care needs have received more than $3 million in the county's latest round of Community Priority Fund disbursements. 

Innovation News WCC students on campus.

WCC launches 10-week pharmacy technician boot camp to address worker shortage

The program has been designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certificate exam, allowing them to work in the field anywhere in the country.

Innovation News Speaker series flyer

EMU's new Civil Rights and Social Justice Center launches speaker series on civil rights movements

The three-part series will focus on how the civil rights movement's tactics have changed over time from the '60s to the present.

Innovation News A sample county ID card.

Aiming to improve accessibility, Washtenaw County reduces application fee for county ID card

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners recently approved a resolution to lower the Washtenaw County ID Card application fee from $25 to $10.

Longform Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum President and CEO Mel Drumm.

Exit interview: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum President and CEO Mel Drumm

To mark the occasion of Drumm's retirement, we asked him a few questions about the greatest changes, challenges, and joys of his AAHOM tenure.

Longform An Ypsilanti Rugby Club Men's and Women's teams practice.

Ypsi Rugby Club offers infectious fun and accessible community

The club, which was founded in 2018, is seeking to recruit more players and considering launching a community clubhouse that caters to a broad range of sports.

Innovation News Washtenaw County logo

New county health equity council to address health disparities in Ypsi area

The new council will harness the Washtenaw County Health Department's resources and community partnerships to address health inequity, with a special focus on the Ypsilanti area's 48197 and 48198 ZIP codes.

Innovation News Michigan STEM Forward logo

Ann Arbor-based STEM internship program places 500th paid intern

The Ann Arbor SPARK-administered Michigan STEM Forward Internship Program has placed 500 people in paid STEM internships in just 18 months. 

Longform Dr. Sara Santarossa is the lead on a Henry Ford Health project that asked COVID long haulers to draw body maps representing their condition. She sits next to several of their works here.

Researchers seek solutions for Michigan's 700,000 COVID long haulers

Michigan health care organizations are racing to determine what support those with "long COVID" need and how best to provide it.

Innovation News Denovo Fertility founder Jessica Preston.

Fertility coaching startup wins big prize at Ann Arbor SPARK entrepreneur boot camp

The online-based company Denovo Fertility won a $25,000 grand prize at Ann Arbor SPARK's 2022 Entrepreneur Boot Camp Celebration.

Longform Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Executive Director Trish Cortes.

How can Washtenaw County solve its mental health care provider shortage?

The county is in the 90th percentile nationwide for mental health providers per capita, but it's still not enough to address a recent upswing in demand for care.

Longform Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum Administrative Secretary Patti Bluhm.

Ypsi's often-overlooked Automotive Heritage Museum showcases historic cars of national note

The museum contains a wealth of local automotive history and historic vehicles preserved in pristine condition, in addition to hosting the National Hudson Motor Car Co. Museum.

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


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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.