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Longform Signage at Kensington Metropark.

New wayfinding initiatives keep Southeast Michigan park users on the right path

Throughout Southeast Michigan, dedicated park planners, facilities staff, and community activists are behind the scenes, hard at work, to make sure you don't get lost. 

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Youth-centered nonprofits increase support to families, young people and educators across the regionThe Nonprofit Journal Project

“When something interrupts your program, you still have to go forward, whether you go around it, above it, through it – whatever you need to do,” Kris Marshall, Winning Futures.

Feature Story Sojourner Truth Girls

Meet the ‘Sojourner Girls’: A friendship that grew from Detroit’s controversial housing project

When the four "Sojourner Truth Girls" met in one of Detroit’s most controversial housing projects, little did they know the bonds they formed would have to endure racial segregation, riots, and the somewhat violent evolution of the washing machine.

Feature Story CoC Youth participate in a march for racial justice.

Resilient Neighborhoods: Here's how a Detroit nonprofit is growing social justice youth programming

This southwest Detroit nonprofit puts youth in the driver's seat when it comes to learning about racial and social justice issues. 

Feature Story Rock the Block

D. Cipher launches free music festival to support Detroit’s music community

“The music community is vital to who we are as a city,” says Nique Love Rhodes, co-founder of D.Cipher. It's one of the reasons the organization is hosting a free street festival that will raise funds for Detroit music projects. 

Feature Story Marygrove Early Education Center

PHOTOS: $50M Marygrove Early Education Center to offer holistic approach

A ribbon-cutting at the new Marygrove Early Education Center celebrated the opening of the $50 million dollar center, which will comprise educational opportunities from prenatal to Pre-K, K-12, to post-secondary graduate, as well as wrap-around services and community engagement programs. At full capacity, the school will serve roughly 1,000 Detroit children and their families, primarily living in the surrounding Livernois-McNichols neighborhoods. 

Feature Story Enid Parham

Chef Enid Parham shines a light on cannabis cooking and social equity

Meet Enid Parham, aka Chef Sunflower, who is renowned for her cannabis-infused culinary delights. She talks to Model D about her craft, and how the industry is linked to issues of social equity and criminal justice reform. 

Feature Story Detroiters Stephen Merriweather (left) and Sharnita Johnson aim to build intergenerational wealth in their families and communities. Photo by Nick Hagen.

Announcing Model D and Metromode’s series ‘On the Ground in Detroit: Exploring Economic Equity’

This Model D and Metromode series aim to report on everyday Detroiters and their experiences as they live their lives and make choices about their neighborhoods, health, education, jobs, transportation, and other factors that relate to economic equity.

Feature Story Trails Day

Macomb County will be celebrating Meet Me on the Trail Day on Sept. 25. Here's how.Inside Our Outdoors

If you're looking to explore Macomb County's many trails, this is a great way to get started.

Feature Story Heather Bendure and Matt Martus are trying to protect their Grosse Pointe Park bungalow from future flooding.

From Metromode: How Metro Detroit homeowners are protecting their properties from future floods

In the wake of widespread flooding across the region this summer, homeowners are taking matters into their own hands to protect their properties. From removable paneling and shelving options to waterproof furniture and insurance riders, Greg Tasker gets the best tips on water damage prevention as experts warn that “as a homeowner, you have to stop thinking 'I will fix this by building back like it was originally'."

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