Longform Corey Houser.

Southeast Michigan expungement fairs set formerly incarcerated job-seekers on road to employment

Michigan Works! Southeast and other partners have been making it easier for formerly incarcerated job-seekers to expunge their records for at least 10 years.

Longform Caroline Huntoon.

Ypsi event to spotlight local authors

YpsiWrites' upcoming Ypsilanti-Area Authors Reading on May 22 is the organization's latest way to support local writers and readers alike.

Innovation News A still from the film "F3VER," which will screen at the Ann Arbor Black Film Festival.

Ann Arbor Black Film Festival to debut in June

The inaugural Ann Arbor Black Film Festival will debut on June 1, with films screening at the State Theatre in Ann Arbor from noon to 9:00 p.m.

Innovation News Dr. Martha Kershaw with a patient at Hope Clinic.

Ypsi clinic offers free sleep studies for uninsured patients through Michigan Medicine partnership

Ypsilanti’s Hope Clinic, in partnership with Michigan Medicine, has launched a program to offer free sleep studies to current Hope patients.

Innovation News The AFC Ann Arbor women's team.

Ann Arbor soccer club to plant three trees for every goal scored this season

The club will donate trees to Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation, planting a minimum of 200 trees as part of the city’s A2Zero campaign and ongoing bicentennial celebrations.

Innovation News A kickoff event for the Green Business Challenge.

Ann Arbor launches Green Business Challenge to help businesses become more sustainable

As part of a partnership with Ann Arbor SPARK, interested businesses can participate in the four-and-half-month challenge in a variety of categories, from energy and water conservation to resilience and education. 

Longform Robert Sheehan  and colleague, Valerie Jamerson, take a look at the new Tool Kit.

Social Work Career Promotion Tool Kit shares benefits and pathways to rewarding careers

The toolkit is designed to enhance recruitment and promote social work career opportunities across the state. It includes sample language for websites, emails, and social media posts as well as recommended language for various professionals, including high school guidance counselors, college academic advisors, and behavioral health providers. There are also photographic materials for outreach usage.   

Longform Moms Demand Action Against Gun Violence Washtenaw County lead Rochelle Igrisan at Huron Heights Apartments.

Local organizations will host two Ypsi events to promote ending gun violence

Representatives from several Washtenaw County organizations will host two June events about nonviolence and gun safety in the greater Ypsilanti area.

Innovation News Putt-r-round's pop-up miniature golf course.

Ypsi residents expand pop-up mini-golf business to include mobile 9-hole par-1 course

Ypsilanti residents Jef Porkins and Jade Weber have transformed their passion for mini-golf into a pop-up mini-golf business called Putt-r-round.

Innovation News SPARK's Annual Meeting at the EMU Student Center on April 30, 2024.

Ann Arbor SPARK looks back on 20 years, celebrates local entrepreneurs at annual meeting

Hundreds gathered for a luncheon at the EMU Student Center to applaud the organization, which advances the economy of the Ann Arbor region by attracting and retaining innovative businesses and people.

Longform Huron Vista and The Residences at Huron under construction on W. Clark Rd. in Ypsilanti.

Three affordable housing developments set to open soon in Ypsi

As housing and rent costs continue to soar across the country, developers in Ypsilanti are working to address a shortage of affordable new units – and, in one case, open the door to home ownership for residents.

Feature Story Tracie McMillan is the author of "The White Bonus."

Q&A: Journalist Tracie McMillan on how the "cash value of racism" benefits white Americans

In her new book, Michigan native McMillan traces the lives of five white families, her own included, to examine and ultimately tally "how race benefits people who are white."

Innovation News The Campfire Loyalty app website.

Get rewards for purchases at Ypsi businesses with this new app created by U-M students

Three University of Michigan students are working with Ypsilanti businesses to develop a loyalty app for customers shopping in downtown Ypsi. 

Innovation News A contestant in the 2023 Pitch@WCC competition.

WCC's inaugural Start-Up Week to feature pitch competition and entrepreneurship workshops

Washtenaw Community College’s Entrepreneurship Center will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year by expanding its Pitch@WCC competition to include four days of free entrepreneurship activities and educational opportunities.

Innovation News Participants in a past #MI-Internship Prep cohort.

Free summer program offers job skills training for Southeast Michigan youth

Young adult job-seekers are being invited to expand their employment potential through #MI-Internship Prep, a free summer internship preparation course.

Longform Vibrant Futures

Early Education Community of Practice brings unified message to state focus on early childhood care

The Community of Practice has expanded to 30+ Michigan organizations focused on early childhood. Members have access to a variety of resources and experts and are able to provide solutions and mobilize quickly.  

Partner Content Accommodations can help create a successful visit.

Simple accommodations can eliminate barriers to health care

Because equal and quality access to care is so important, making sure medical practices improve access and accommodations for people with autism is a crucial goal of the Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM).

Longform Cyclists gear up for a ride with Programs to Educate All Cyclists.

Adaptive recreation helps people with disabilities enjoy outdoor recreation

Parks systems across Southeast Michigan are working to eliminate barriers and make outdoor recreation a more easily accessible experience for residents with disabilities.

Innovation News The President’s Leadership Recognition Luncheon at Washtenaw Community College, where the 2024-2026 Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County report was revealed.

Washtenaw County economic report shows full COVID recovery, continued inflation, rising employment

The local economy's future is looking bright, according to the 2024-2026 Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County report.

Special Report Special report graphic

Special report: How can Michigan fix a guardianship system that fails some kids and older adults?

Guardianship is designed to protect those who can't care for themselves, but it doesn't always work that way. Advocates are pursuing a variety of solutions to improve the system.

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


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