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Longform Lana Krolikowski with one of her cat dice trays.

From science-inspired jewelry to D&D pillows, meet Washtenaw County's female makers

Washtenaw County's many women makers are defying maker culture norms and creating everything from functional art furniture to hybrid cat/octopus plushies.

Longform Akinbambo and Akintunde Oluwadare.

Intergenerational group advocates for improvements to Ypsi Township's West Willow Park

A new community initiative to clean up and improve the park is giving West Willow residents hope for a safer park and neighborhood for all.

Development News A groundbreaking event for the new trail segment connecting the B2B Trail to the Van Buren Park trail system.

Beyond borders: B2B Trail expands to Wayne County

A new 1.25-mile section of trail will connect the easternmost terminus of the B2B to the Van Buren Park trail system in Wayne County.

Innovation News An October First Fridays Ypsilanti event.

"Ypsi in October" campaign promotes a month of spooky, autumnal events

Ypsi Real and Ypsilanti businesses are hoping to make Ypsi a destination for all things autumn and Halloween-themed this year.

Longform Teacher Kim Atkins and counselor Rebekah Ward at Lincoln Middle School.

Mini-grants help Washtenaw County students lead school mental health awareness initiatives

Thanks to the county's mental health millage, over 20 middle and high schools have applied for and received mini-grants of up to $5,000 to implement mental health programs for their school communities.

Longform Brandon Frye and Nashia Weems of No Label Juice.

Ypsi business changes include fresh-squeezed juice, cafe in an auto shop, and Regal Beagle revamp

We caught up with two new businesses – one selling juice, the other coffee – and an established bar and grill making some big changes.

Innovation News Art at last year's A2 Artoberfest.

A2 Artoberfest returns, bringing a more intimate art fair to Ann Arbor

The event will feature 100 jury-selected artists, live entertainment, food vendors, art activities, and beverages from local brewing companies along North Fourth Avenue and East Ann Street.

Innovation News Tyrone Bridges with a car load of refurbished computers to be given away.

Ypsi Township nonprofit refurbishes computers for giveaway, seeking to bridge digital divide

An Ypsilanti Township-based nonprofit called Behavior Workshop recently gave away nine refurbished Dell computers to local low-income families.

Innovation News The satellite clerk's office at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Ann Arbor clerk's office opens satellite locations on U-M campus for November election

The locations allow citizens, particularly students who may have just recently become eligible to vote or changed addresses, a convenient alternative to visiting the city clerk’s main office at City Hall.

Innovation News The 2019 Tech Talk at the Michigan Theater.

a2Tech360 returns with week of events celebrating Ann Arbor tech

This year's program boasts over 20 mostly free events including pitch competitions, a podcast, live music, panels, awards, and TED-style talks.

Longform Michigan produce at the lunch counter at George Long Elementary School in Grass Lake.

Major expansion coming for program that offers schools "10 Cents a Meal" to serve Michigan produce

The budget for the state of Michigan's 10 Cents a Meal has more than doubled each of the past two years, with $9.3 million available in the coming fiscal year to help schools purchase local fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Partner Content Wayne State University chemical engineering student Renee O’Neill

Mi STEM Forward Program Leads the Way for Student Success

Michigan is leading the way in diverse mobility technologies. The University Research Corridor is an alliance of the state’s three leading research institutions, dedicated to driving the regional economy. Through the Michigan STEM Forward program, students are connecting with STEM-focused internships at some of the state’s leading innovative companies.   

Longform An YpsiWrites Love Letters to Ypsilanti booth at the Ypsilanti Depot Town Farmers Market.

Ypsi residents celebrate city's bicentennial by writing Love Letters to Ypsilanti

The nonprofit YpsiWrites is distributing postcards for residents to write about why they love their city, and the resulting love letters will be displayed during bicentennial celebrations next year.

Longform Linda Edwards-Brown, Stafford Watts, and Jeanice Townsend at The Divine Nine's Washtenaw County School Board Candidates' Forum.

Washtenaw County's historically Black frats and sororities have low visibility but major impact

The service-minded members of the historically Black fraternities and sororities known as the "Divine Nine" have been serving the Washtenaw County community under the radar for decades.

Innovation News Students and a teacher in the current WAVE high school program.

Washtenaw County alliance receives funding to create Ypsi-based virtual middle school

The Washtenaw Alliance for Virtual Education recently received funding to open a new Ypsilanti-based virtual middle school program that will be available to students across Washtenaw County starting in autumn of 2023.  

Innovation News Ann Arbor city logo

Ann Arbor challenges residents to compete for greatest energy savings

The Race to Zero Energy Challenge will challenge Ann Arbor homeowners and renters to see who can save the most energy before the end of December. 

Innovation News EIRO in Grand Rapids.

Ann Arbor nonprofit and speaker company collaborate on massive interactive sculpture in Grand Rapids

Leon Speakers and CultureVerse teamed up to build EIRO, a three-story tower that responds to human interaction through light and sound, for Grand Rapids' ArtPrize event.

Feature Story UPword logo

Issue Media Group relaunches Upper Peninsula publication

Issue Media Group is excited to announce the relaunch of its online, community-informed, digital publication in the Upper Peninsula. UPword will focus on innovation, talent, entrepreneurship, social innovation, and community development, while featuring U.P.-based talent.

Longform The RE:CLAIM Project exhibit being installed at the Washtenaw County Courthouse.

Artists set to take over Washtenaw County courthouse in unprecedented project

Five Washtenaw County nonprofits, in partnership with the Washtenaw County Trial Court, will present an unprecedented artistic "court takeover" called the RE:CLAIM Project for eight weeks starting Sept. 15.

Longform Janis Keller with her ElliQ unit.

Ypsi Meals on Wheels combats social isolation by offering robotic companions for clients

Many local older adults have felt isolated or lonely, particularly after the COVID-19 pandemic, but now a robot called ElliQ will keep some of them company.

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: