Voices of Youth Battle Creek: Back to School by Jamiaya Nowling

The perspectives of youth in the city of Battle Creek will be lifted up and supported through a program beginning this month that will give them opportunities to showcase their talents and create a different view of the city as seen through their own lens. The three-month pilot program known as “Voices of Youth in Battle Creek” is sponsored by On the Ground Battle Creek, part of Southwest Michigan's Second Wave, financially supported through coalition underwriting. Our first contributor is Jamaiya Nowling. Jamaiya's pictures show Battle Creek Public School students celebrating their return to school this year with free backpacks, free haircuts, and some Bearcat Pride!  
 Cheerleaders offer cheers for youth returning to school. Photo by Jamaiya Nowling for Voices of Youth Battle Creek.

Free haircuts were part of the back to school experience for some Battle Creek Public School students.
The eyes of the Battle Creek Bearcats mascot are focused on back to school.
Jamaiya has also contributed to Southwest Michigan's Second Wave Instagram page, here.

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