Innovation News Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool in Ann Arbor.

Local coalition releases action plan to improve child care in Washtenaw, Livingston counties

The Livingston and Washtenaw Counties Child Care Coalition, a collaboration of local child care providers, families, policymakers, and economic development professionals, recently released an action plan to improve child care in the region. 

Longform Lunchtime at Oehrli Elementary School in Montague, Mich.

Michigan's free school meals yield high returns for student health and academic success

Michigan has become one of eight states to make free school meals available to all, creating notable benefits for students' health.

Longform Patricia Tillman-Meakins, Tracey Williams, and Becca Fleming at Packard Health Clinic at West Willow.

Community-based health projects offer care for underserved residents in Detroit, Ypsi, and Jackson

Several Michigan organizations are innovating ways to increase health care access for the state’s most vulnerable residents in their own communities. 

Longform A rendering of the future University of Michigan Center for Innovation.

"Our commitment to Detroit is increasing": U-M constructs new downtown Detroit center

To deepen connections between Ann Arbor and Detroit, the University of Michigan is constructing the University of Michigan Center for Innovation in downtown Detroit. 

Longform Norm Tyler, Susan Wineberg, and Joann Green at the Robert S. Wilson House in Ann Arbor.

New self-guided tours offer a look at Ann Arbor's "living history" for city's bicentennial

Local history is right in the palm of your hand thanks to a new series of self-guided smartphone tours of the city. 

Longform Dawn Marentay and Rachel Blistein at Ouila's facilities in Whitmore Lake.

From organic flowers to eco-friendly packaging, these Ypsi businesses are innovating to go green

We talked to the owners of a flower farm, a beauty care line, and a beer distributor, all based in the Ypsi area, about how they're building more environmentally friendly businesses.

Innovation News Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development Director Toni Kayumi, Manchester Mayor Pat Vailliencourt, and Manchester United Methodist Church Pastor Susan Hitts at Manchester United Methodist Church, site of Manchester's senior café

Senior café offering free meals for older adults opens in Manchester

The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development Senior Nutrition Program has opened a new senior café location in Manchester, offering free meals for seniors every Tuesday and Thursday.

Innovation News A promotional image for Ypsi Pride.

Ypsi Pride returns for one-day event featuring expanded performer and vendor lineup

Ypsi Pride will return for one day, June 7, at locations throughout Ypsilanti's Depot Town, with an even longer lineup of vendors and performers than last year.

Innovation News Shamar Herron and Johnny Epps at the Washtenaw American Job Center.

Washtenaw American Job Center welcomes public with open house

Michigan Works! Southeast celebrated the opening of its new Washtenaw American Job Center in Ann Arbor with an open house on May 17. 

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When it comes to autism and mental health, stigma and discrimination play a huge role

Being autistic does not mean a person cannot experience good mental health. However, studies have shown that 78% of autistic children have at least one mental health condition. Stigma and discrimination are often a contributing factor.

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.

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


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