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Michigan Nightlight


Michigan Nightlight is a series of stories about the programs and people that positively impact the lives of Michigan kids. It is made possible with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Read more stories from around the state at Michigan Nightlight or subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.

Michigan Nightlight Features

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.
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