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Innovation News The 2019 Pitch@WCC competition.

Entrepreneurs encouraged to apply to Pitch@WCC competition, with prizes up to $7,500

The 2023 competition is open to for-profit and non-profit businesses alike. Winners will receive cash prizes and all finalists will receive a year of coaching and mentoring.

Longform SolSummit founder Emily Dabish Yahkind.

Ann Arbor canned wine company finds widespread success in Michigan, plans expansion

Wine in a can is not a new concept, but an Ann Arbor entrepreneur is taking the popular on-the-go beverage to new heights.

Longform The opening for Home: At Ease at 22 North.

From stalwarts to upstarts, Ypsi's galleries offer showcase for local artists

The city of Ypsilanti teems with artists exploring a variety of mediums and topics, and their work can be found in the city's numerous art galleries.

Feature Story Mikhail Wisman, now 25, was adopted from Russia. He's pictured here with his adoptive parents.

Voices of Youth: Washtenaw County's adoptive parents and kids form strong bonds, navigate challenges

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student Sofia Fanzini examines how both adoptive parents and children experience the adoption process.

Innovation News "Archive Unknown" cover art.

U-M archive employee and Ypsi resident launches podcast on "unbelievable" history

Lara Zielin's new podcast explores unusual history based on items found in archives across the country.

Feature Story Summer Berman, executive director of Fresh Start Clubhouse

Reshaping how people with mental health challenges see themselvesQ&A with Summer Berman: Nonprofit Journal Project

At the Fresh Start Clubhouse, members are actively involved in running the organization, building their sense of self-confidence. The Clubhouse model engages members in meaningful ways, using their skills and talents toward the greater good, and creating a sense of belonging to combat social isolation that people with mental health challenges often experience.  

Longform The protected bike lane on S. First Street in Ann Arbor.

Here's how Ann Arbor is planning to spend $6.8 million per year from its new climate action millage

Dollars will be set aside for programs as diverse as monitoring air quality, expanding a reusable take-out container program, labeling locally sourced food on menus, and starting an energy concierge service.

Longform Peach blossom jellyfish in the Eastern Michigan Biology Lab.

EMU students study invasive freshwater jellyfish in Dexter Township through new course

EMU Professor of Biology Cara Shillington says she was surprised that there wasn't much research published on the topic of the tiny freshwater jellyfish that her students examined in Pickerel Lake.

Feature Story Student Elijah Wynn with one of his favorite books from the "Captain Underpants" series. The series has been frequently banned across the U.S.

Voices of Youth: How does book banning affect communities?

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student Sennen Querijero examines the issue of book banning and its effects on society.

Innovation News Workplace inclusivity promo image

Ann Arbor SPARK offers free classes on creating an inclusive workplace

The classes will include information on inclusive leadership, allyship and intervention, unconscious bias, cultural competency, and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Innovation News A Conquer the Cold promo image.

Conquer the Cold challenge returns to encourage greener commuting during Ann Arbor winter

After a 23-month hiatus, the Conquer the Cold Challenge has returned to encourage people to commute to downtown Ann Arbor by any means other than driving alone.

Innovation News Participants Brenda and Tyler at the Digital Connecting Corps program, held by Engage@EMU at the Ypsilanti Senior Center.

Ypsi initiative focuses on solving community issues through intergenerational collaboration

The Intergenerational Community Solutions Institute is a collaboration among Engage@EMU, the Ypsilanti Senior Center, and national nonprofit Generations United.

Innovation News Garrett's Space program facilitators.

Ann Arbor suicide prevention nonprofit plans to build residential center with $4m federal award

Garrett’s Space was founded in 2019 by Julie and Scott Halpert after they lost their son, Garrett, to suicide.

Innovation News An art installation in Journey of Faith Christian Church's gallery, where unhoused individuals can sell their work.

Ann Arbor church's warming center offers art gallery and more for unhoused people

Journey of Faith Christian Church Treasurer Matt Hoostal says the church offers "dignity, both in terms of personal hygiene and having a creative outlet, and a source of economic empowerment."

Feature Story Eastman kids and grandkids hamming it up for the camera.

Foster care fosters hope for Michigan’s most vulnerable children

Michigan's community mental health agencies, CMHs, provide mental health care for the roughly 10,000 children in Michigan’s foster care system. Here is how Genesee Health Systems and Sanilac County CMH are working hard to help foster children in their counties thrive.

Feature Story Joan Gustafson and Nellie Tsai of Michigan Nonprofit Association

Finally, support for small nonprofits that kept communities together during the pandemicFeature: Nonprofit Journal Project

Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Michigan Department of Labor and Opportunity are overseeing a grant program for small Michigan nonprofits that are struggling post-pandemic.    

Longform Washtenaw County Community Mental Health crisis team member Jonathan Allen.

Washtenaw County's mental health crisis team offers 24/7 mobile support for residents in need

Any Washtenaw County resident struggling with an urgent mental health issue can call (734) 544-3050 to be connected with members of Washtenaw County Community Mental Health’s crisis team.

Longform A new sidewalk and bus stop on Washtenaw Avenue.

Study considers new improvements for Washtenaw Avenue in Ypsi, Ypsi Township, Pittsfield Township

Improvements targeted for a segment of eastern Washtenaw Avenue could include new buffered bike lanes and more consistent sidewalks, as well as converting adjacent streets from one- to two-way.

Feature Story "I didn't want to self destruct" by Elleona Kristine.

Voices of Youth: Art about generational trauma and healing in BIPOC communities

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student Elleona Kristine shares a painting she made about generational trauma and healing in BIPOC communities.

Feature Story Ypsilanti Community High School senior Jackie Sakina struggles with stress and says it's important for students to be aware of the mental health services available to them.

Voices of Youth: How does Ypsilanti Community High School help support mental health among students?

In this installment of our Voices of Youth series, student Gracia Anzal Mazama examines the mental health needs of Ypsilanti Community High School students and the services available to them.

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

 


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