Innovation News Zingerman's cheese.

Zingerman's Creamery owner co-founds new guild for Michigan cheese and dairy businesses

Zingerman's Creamery owner and operator Arend Elston came together with three other Michigan cheese artisans and retailers this year to support the needs of other makers throughout the state. 

Longform Child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

Michigan makes the leap to improved educational opportunities with MiLEAP

MiLEAP consolidates the expansion of Pre-K for All, Sixty by 30, which would see 60% of working-age Michiganders with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030, and all education in between. 

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Virtual Job Fair represents 40+ employers seeking behavioral health services professionals

The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) is sponsoring a Behavioral Health Services Virtual Job Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21, 2024. 

Feature Story Washtenaw County CMH staff. Top row L-R: Valerie Bass, Dr. Montgomery Brower, Andrew Grier, Shad Jordan. Bottom row l-R: Shannon Ellis, Margaret Carmalt, Angela Burchard, Jeff Beckley, Melisa Tasker

Washtenaw County Community Mental Health takes SUDs seriously

WCCMH, a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC), can provide comprehensive mental health and substance use services to all county residents no matter their insurance status. 

Longform Mark Tucker at FestiFools Studio.

Washtenaw County organizations take the lead on spreading art in public

Discussions of publicly funded art can be contentious. But several local organizations and individuals have taken it upon themselves to change the landscape, literally and figuratively.

Longform Robert Harrison at his West Willow home.

Campaign seeks to amend antiquated, racially restrictive deeds in Ypsi Township neighborhood

Though the residents of Ypsilanti Township's West Willow neighborhood are predominantly people of color, an antiquated legal document technically bans anyone who isn't white from living in about 196 homes there.

Longform Tutors working with students at Erickson Elementary in Ypsilanti.

New coalition seeks to raise awareness of Washtenaw County's literacy crisis

The new Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County will launch its Family Literacy Initiative Campaign during a public event on March 10.

Innovation News Ypsilanti residents Autumn and Maddie Guthrie are both former SummerWorks interns who will return to the program this summer.

Washtenaw County youth and employers sought for paid summer internship program

The SummerWorks youth employment and mentorship program is recruiting 130 young adults aged 16-24 in Washtenaw County for paid, on-the-job training opportunities this summer.

Innovation News A flyer for the Homelessness Hackathon.

Ann Arbor hackathon aims to develop technological solutions to homelessness

The Homelessness Hackathon will bring together software developers, programmers, and tech enthusiasts for an intensive weekend spent collaborating on digital tools intended to alleviate problems associated with homelessness.

Innovation News A screenshot of the Zooniverse program that will be used to identify racially restrictive covenants in Washtenaw County.

Ypsi and Ann Arbor events to muster community assistance in identifying racially restrictive deeds

Washtenaw County-based coalition Justice InDeed plans to host two events to educate the community about racially restrictive covenants and recruit volunteers to help with a county mapping project.

Longform About one out of five children have a mental, emotional or behavioral health disorder, and only about 20 percent of those children receive care

How Michigan counties are stepping up to meet youth mental health needs

Over the past several years, Michigan's community mental health agencies have been stepping up with a number of initiatives to help fill the gap in mental health services for youth.

Innovation News Synchronized swimming

New conference in Ann Arbor will focus on female athletes

Feb. 7 is National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and the Ann Arbor Sports Commission will honor the occasion with the inaugural Washtenaw County Celebration of Girls and Women in Sport conference in Ann Arbor on Feb. 10.

Longform Students and staff at HighScope.

Voices of Youth: Examining early education challenges in Washtenaw CountyCan we get child care right?

In the latest installment of our Voices of Youth series, student journalist Ari Shtein considers the uphill battle of supporting Michigan's child care workforce.

Longform Decky Alexander, Lamarr Mitchell, Maggie Whittemore, and Meagan Raupp at the Engage @ EMU offices.

EMU students work to ensure peers know their voting rights in advance of 2024 elections

Students, staff, and faculty at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) are determined to ensure that EMU's student community knows what it means to participate in voting.

Feature Story Joe Hertler.

Hippie-pop sensation Joe Hertler to perform rare solo show, as well as full-band gig, in Ann Arbor

Hertler says performing solo allows him to get "reconnected" to the Rainbow Seekers' catalog and provides him with "access to parts of the song that are otherwise sometimes lost in the fray" of a wild full-band show.

Innovation News Hyundai staff pose with Progress Project donation recipients.

Hyundai program grants $15,000 to each of three Washtenaw County Black-owned businesses

This year's beneficiaries of Hyundai's Progress Project include two Ann Arbor gyms and an Ypsilanti pizzeria.

Innovation News New Growing Hope garden beds at Towne Centre Place in Ypsilanti.

Growing Hope expands grocery delivery and other programs for Ypsi's older adults

While Ypsilanti nonprofit Growing Hope waits for spring to reopen its weekly outdoor farmers market, its staff are pursuing a variety of strategies to make fresh local produce more accessible to older adults in the Ypsi area. 

Partner Content The Grand Rapids location will expand AAoM’s  Upbound Staffing employment program.

Upbound Staffing creates inclusive connections for employers and job seekers

Upbound Staffing helps prepare job candidates living with autism for all parts of a career search and assists businesses in making their work environments more inclusive.

Feature Story Boys in preschool

الأطفال في سن ما قبل المدرسة الذين يعيشون مع التوحد يستفيدون من التعليم المبكر بشكل كبير

تحدثت "تهم التعليم المبكر" عن هذا الموضوع المهم مع هيذر إيكنر، مديرة التعليم على مستوى الولاية في تحالف التوحد في ميشيغان (AAOM) وأم لطفلين يعيشان مع التوحد.

Feature Story Kids

What do breastfeeding, sanitation, vaccines, and lead paint have in common? Public health.

Q&A with Norm Hess, executive director of the Michigan Association for Local Public Health.

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


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