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Innovation News A flyer for the Express Yourself/Protect Yourself youth workshop series.

Ypsi's Corner Health Center, Ann Arbor's UMS partner to connect youth through art during COVID

The partners are currently offering "Express Yourself/Protect Yourself," a series of workshops focusing on poetry, hip-hop, improv, and other kinds of art for youth ages 12-25.

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Ann Arbor District Library offers free vegetable, herb, flower seeds for Washtenaw County residents

The Ann Arbor District Library is well known for making unconventional items like guitars and telescopes available to patrons – but until recently, no items designed to be buried in dirt and never returned.

Innovation News Barrier Busters expenditures and funding both expanded significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Network of Washtenaw County social service agencies celebrates 20 years

The Barrier Busters Network is made up of representatives from over 100 social service agencies who work together to more efficiently address basic needs emergencies for Washtenaw County residents.

Longform South State Street at I-94.

Zoning changes aim to create a more walkable, livable community near Ann Arbor's Briarwood Mall

Here's what could be next for an area that currently exists as a hub for downtown commuter traffic, national hotel and restaurant chains, and office buildings.

Longform Student Kadiatou Kaba at the RCTC culinary arts program.

Ypsi culinary students rack up honors, including chance to cook for astronauts

Having beat out teams from across the U.S., a team of four Ypsilanti Community High School students is among the top 10 in the NASA HUNCH Culinary Challenge.

Innovation News A plaque marks the site of Woodruff's Grove, a trading post that was the precursor to the city of Ypsilanti.

Public invited to contribute to Ypsilanti's bicentennial planning

The community will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2023 with a time capsule, love letters to the city, and more.

Innovation News An in-person job fair at Washtenaw Community College in 2018.

Washtenaw Community College to host over 100 employers in virtual job fair

With higher wages, sign-on bonuses, and remote work options available, organizers say it's a "hopeful" time for those looking to get back into the workforce.

Innovation News Ukraine Relief Benefit Ann Arbor organizers purchased this image from MiniMoms Etsy shop, a collaborative of moms in Dnipro, Ukraine, trying to get their message across.

Ann Arbor benefit concert aims to raise $10,000 for hunger relief in Ukraine

The Ukraine Relief Benefit Ann Arbor Fundraising Concert will take place on April 19 at The Ark in Ann Arbor.

Longform The University Musical Society presenting a Parable of the Sower Party & Open Mic at NOW Studios.

Ann Arbor "underground playhouse" helps people heal through creativity

The nonprofit Express Your Yes Foundation recently launched NOW Studios, an eye-popping space that functions as a multi-modal production company, activist theatre, social lab, gallery, and more.

Longform Digital Divas participants.

EMU's Digital Divas program expands into Detroit with esports teams for high school girls

Members of the two esports teams will have the opportunity to learn more about STEM careers, learn soft skills, and gain competitive advantage in male-dominated fields.

Innovation News A map from Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan shows Michigan school discipline rates among homeless students.

Ypsi nonprofit uses U-M research to help Michigan school districts prevent expulsions

The Student Advocacy Center recently collaborated with Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan to help school districts refine their policies around expulsions and suspensions for students who have experienced homelessness.

Innovation News Derrick Jackson, director of community engagement at the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.

International conference on "problem-oriented policing" coming to Ann Arbor

The conference aims to advance the practice of problem-oriented policing, which entails proactively identifying and addressing underlying social problems that lead to crime.

Innovation News U-M economists present the 2022 Washtenaw County Economic Outlook report.

Washtenaw County Economic Outlook report shows rebounding employment, rising inflation

This year's Washtenaw County Economic Outlook report, compiled by University of Michigan economists, finds that employment in the county should recover to pre-pandemic levels in the second quarter of next year. 

Longform Ann Arbor Film Festival Director Leslie Raymond.

Ann Arbor Film Festival's 60th anniversary will address historic omissions and look to the future

The festival will include programs highlighting women and LGBTQ+ filmmakers, who were overlooked in the event's early years, while also working to build a more inclusive future.

Longform Will Jones III at a Black Men Read event at Booksweet.

Nonprofit Black Men Read expands partnerships in Ypsilanti, adds subscription book box service

The nonprofit, which hosts children's events spotlighting local Black men as storytellers and community leaders, is bouncing back from COVID-19 with new partnerships and programs.

Development News Habitat for Humanity homeowner-to-be Regina Young (center) stands with Women Build volunteers who are working on her future home.

Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley marks 20 years of Women Build projects with Ypsi Township build

From now through the end of May, about 15 teams of women will raise $65,000 toward renovation costs and will donate their labor to build two homes in the township.

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New county program will offer ARPA funds to organizations serving under-resourced communities

The Community Priority Fund aims to strengthen local organizations that have not previously been able to contract with the county.

Innovation News A screenshot of the new Craft Pass.

Get deals and track visits at Washtenaw County breweries, distilleries with a new digital passport

The new Craft Pass will allow craft beverage fans to track the Washtenaw County breweries and distilleries they visit and take advantage of specials at many of them.

Longform Work & Play Café.

New Ypsi Township cafe offers jobs for people with disabilities and inclusive atmosphere for all

Founders Steve and Amy Berg grew Work & Play Cafe from their previous entrepreneurial venture, which helps people with disabilities develop work skills and gain employment.

Longform Former Transit Riders United (TRU) board President Donald Stuckey and TRU Executive Director Megan Owens stand by the Amtrak line in Dearborn.

How could Ann Arbor-Traverse City passenger rail service expand transportation equity in Michigan?

An ambitious transit proposal that's been gathering steam for over a decade could significantly contribute to addressing the inequities in access to transportation between northern and southern Michigan.