Features

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.

Innovation News A map from the Washtenaw Opportunity Index ranking areas of the county by their access to opportunity.

U-M Poverty Solutions makes recommendations to maximize equity in Washtenaw County's ARPA spending

A new policy brief provides equity-focused recommendations for Washtenaw County’s use of American Rescue Plan Act federal funding. 

Feature Story Voices of Youth participant Quincy Behm.

Voices of Youth: Poetry on racism and policing

As part of our Voices of Youth series, student Quincy Behm shares her poetry on community issues that are important to her.

Longform "Thing-o-Rama" event at the Ypsilanti District Library to introduce the Library of Things.

From games to power tools, Ypsi library's new Library of Things has some thing for everyone

Though the Ypsilanti District Library has offered items other than books for many years, it recently launched a Library of Things including everything from power tools to games to kitchen gadgets.

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

Voices of Youth: How mental health stigma affects Washtenaw County's young people

Our new Voices of Youth series launches with a look at how local young people are speaking up about, and pursuing solutions to, the stigma associated with mental health challenges.

Innovation News A volunteer stocks the food pantry at Hope Clinic.

Ypsi's Hope Clinic launches campaign to stock food pantry during summer slump

Donations to food pantries tend to dip in the summer, and that's just one reason that Hope Clinic has launched its Summer Against Hunger campaign this year.

Longform Jonathan Thomas-Palmer of Flipping Physics.

Physics gone viral: Ann Arbor teacher finds global audience with colorful physics videos

Those who don't know Jonathan Thomas-Palmer in his capacity at Community High recognize him from his popular YouTube channel, Flipping Physics, which has over 100,000 subscribers.

Feature Story YMCA Bluewater, Child Care

Child care shortage: Nationwide crisis hitting home across Southeast Michigan

“Right now, we’re in dire straits," says the executive director of Child Care Network in Ann Arbor. She isn't alone. As the nationwide child care crisis rolls on, here’s what Michigan child care providers are experiencing regionally in Port Huron, Detroit, and Ann Arbor.

Development News A rendering of the planned Title IX Plaza.

Planned Title IX Plaza in Dexter will spotlight stories of local women in sports

Organizers are seeking inspiring stories of local women in sports to feature in the planned plaza at Dexter-Huron Metropark in Dexter.

Development News A rendering of the proposed development at 121 E. Catherine St.

Community forum uplifts Black history of planned affordable housing development site in Ann Arbor

Located in what is now commonly known as Kerrytown, the site at Fourth Avenue and Catherine was once a part of Ann Arbor’s historically Black neighborhood, then known as the West Side. 

Innovation News Youth participate in a Voices of Youth journalism workshop in April.

Concentrate to launch program spotlighting youth perspectives on Washtenaw County

Through a new program called Voices of Youth, we've been working with local youth to create content on the issues that are important to them, as well as deploying adult journalists to interview youth on those issues.

Innovation News John E. Lawrence at Riverside Park.

After huge turnouts in 2021, free jazz concert series moves to bigger venue in Ypsi Township

This year's John E. Lawrence Summer Jazz Concert Series will kick off July 1 and run every Friday evening through Labor Day weekend at Ford Lake Park.

Longform The new monument in Highland Cemetery honoring Black Civil War veterans who are buried in the cemetery.

New memorial in Ypsilanti's Highland Cemetery honors Black Civil War veterans

The memorial honors nearly 40 Black Civil War casualties or veterans who are likely buried in Ypsilanti’s historic Highland Cemetery.

Longform Regenerate! Orchestra founder/composer Clay Gonzalez.

Ann Arbor orchestra seeks to "de-homogenize" classical music by disrupting conventions

Regenerate! Orchestra performances usually feature contemporary compositions tailored to unconventional performance spaces, with audience members invited to wander among the musicians.

Longform Newspaper clippings at the Eastern Michigan University Archives memory swap .

25 years after passing non-discrimination ordinance, Ypsi reflects on fierce battle for LGBTQ rights

Although the ordinance outlawed discrimination on the basis of over a dozen characteristics, its protection of LGBTQ people sparked two formal challenges and lengthy public debate.

Innovation News Fifth Avenue Studios logo.

Ann Arbor District Library offers recording, consulting services to podcasters, musicians, and more

AADL is accepting proposals from audio creators who are interested in using the library's services, which include recording studio time; recording, editing, and mastering; consulting; and more.

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: