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Members of the Detroit School of Arts jazz ensemble

These organizations are keeping Detroit's jazz legacy alive by teaching it to the city's youth

Several institutions in the city are making sure that if a young person loves to play jazz, they have access to education, performance, practice spaces, and most importantly, a sense that they belong in the jazz community.

Malik Yakini

A co-op for the people: The rocky process of developing the Detroit People's Food Co-op

The Detroit People's Food Co-op will have a cooperatively owned grocery store, a 50-seat cafe, incubator kitchen, and be in an underserved neighborhood of the city. But it took seven long years to bring this project to fruition. 

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Overcoming racism in Michigan

Michiganders are unifying their communities and finding peaceful pathways to overcome racism, along with the divisiveness, segregation, and disparities it causes.

Miryam Johnson

Dance instructor Miryam Johnson, 25, connects dancing to her students' history and life

For the next entry in our emerging leaders series, we profile Miryam Johnson, a dancer and teaching artist with Living Arts who looks for ways to use dance to address larger issues with her students. 

Kids at Development Centers' Winston Head Start

Fueled by community input, foundations unveil comprehensive early childhood education initiative

Two major foundations announced their newest initiative, Hope Starts Here, to address the dire need for quality early education in Detroit through an initial $50 million commitment. 

Brooke Solomon

Michigan Nightlight Voices: Cass Tech sophomore experiences disparities in school systems firsthand

Brooke Solomon has been a student in both West Bloomfield and Detroit. The differences between those experiences was stark, and led the high school sophomore to her current community service efforts at buildOn.

Raymond Underwood, winner of the Hagopian Rug Design Contest

"You can't just talk about race anywhere": Detroit youth explore race through the arts

A plethora of art programs across the city offer young Detroiters rich, textured avenues for artistic expression about contemporary racial, cultural, and social justice issues.

Alandra Chuney

This 28-year-old Detroiter uses youthful wisdom to teach life skills to young adults

Alandra Chuney hadn't given golf any thought as a teenager. But then her sisters started playing and so did she, and now she's a mentor and director of student support with the Midnight Golf Program. 

A couple at the Hope Center

Why Detroiters should care about cuts to the Farm Bill

If the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the Farm Bill were to pass, it could have major implications for Detroiters -- especially those receiving SNAP benefits.

First Tee

Across Michigan, programs are using golf to help youth master the game of life

First Tee teaches more than a good swing. It's about life lessons, leadership skills, healthy habits and address local community needs.

Michael Payne

How a 29-year-old teacher in Detroit uses math to address challenging subjects

As a ninth grade math teacher at an art and design school, Michael Payne knows what he's up against. But his relative youth allows him to connect with his students in ways other teachers might not. 

The final panel in Bessiake's work, "For the Greater Good ... 00:01"

MNL Voices: Detroit high-schooler describes the emotions he used to make his award-winning artwork

Habacuc Samuel Bessiake, a 2017 graduate of Henry Ford Academy in Detroit, received a national ward for his self-portrait, "For the Greater Good…00:01." In this personal essay, he describes how he created it.

Lisa Lipscomb-Jones at Neinas Dual Language Academy

How good teachers are making a difference in Metro Detroit's multiethnic classrooms

American students are more racially and ethnically diverse than ever before. Thats why teachers in multiethnic communities are responding by developing more inclusive curriculums.

Olivia Henry, youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council

Olivia Henry, under-30 leader at the Detroit Food Policy Council, just wants to help people

Henry, 26, recently celebrated her one year anniversary as youth programs coordinator for Detroit Food Policy Council. But she's been involved in public service her whole life.

Jordan Polk

Gardening for personal growth: Detroit's youth gardening programs do much more than build skills

Community, healthy living, and sustainability are common themes among youth gardening programs in the city of Detroit—programs that engage young people in a conversation about how to change themselves and the places they live.
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