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Partner Content The partnership with the Greater Metropolitan Youth Sports league, which itself has served the youth of Metro Detroit for over 50 years, saved the 2020 season for almost 2,700 young athletes.

How BGCSM, Xenith are developing and supporting 21st century athletes

What an athlete does on and off the field matters, so that's why Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan and Xenith are partnering up in their shared mission to develop and support the 21st-century athlete. This philosophy is centered on three core values: Competition, Career, and Character.

Longform Katrina Jones and Janay Clark.

Michigan's direct care workers confront shortages of PPE and providers as pandemic rages

For these essential workers, social distancing is impossible – and personal protective equipment (PPE) is both indispensable and alarmingly difficult to obtain.

Development News Detroit Food Academy teaches the culinary arts to Detroit youth ranging in ages from 10 to 24 years old, using cooking as a means of economic mobility and health and wellness education.

Detroit Food Academy offers holiday gift boxes to support culinary arts programs

To help support its entrepreneurial programming, Detroit Food Academy has launched the holiday gift box program Small Batch Big Change Gourmet Gift Boxes.  

Development News Xochi's Gift Shop has been a Southwest Detroit attraction since 1985.

Southwest Detroit Business Association launches ‘online megastore’ to support local small businesses

As many businesses adapt to stay afloat amid great challenges such as finding and keeping frontline workers, the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) has launched “Shop Southwest Detroit,” a one-stop e-commerce shop featuring local businesses, to help owners and entrepreneurs adapt and bridge the digital divide.


Feature Story Lindsay McCaw designed and created a peacock puppet for the Carrie Morris Art Production collaboration with the Detroit Zoo.

Carrie Morris Arts Production adapts to continue performing community role during COVID-19

A group of Detroit puppeteers discovered their performing arts nonprofit is surprisingly well-placed to survive COVID-19 restrictions, with established partners, the creativity to explore new mediums, and a focus on equitable access to the arts. 

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AGI Construction builds Detroiters' stories into green hub design

It's not just a design hub that Tanya Saldivar-Ali and her husband, Luis, are building on 18th Street — the Detroit couple is developing a construction pipeline to connect residents with sustainable careers. But it's the cutting-edge technology they are using to tell residents' stories that is capturing international attention. 

Feature Story With a number of programs throughout the city, DTE Energy offers a variety of workforce development opportunities for youth and college-aged students.

These Detroit workforce development programs aim to eliminate barriers to employment for youths

Now with many youth also needing to step in to provide income for their families as parents have been laid off or are facing reduced hours due to the crisis, the programs become more important than ever. They’re also opportunities for youth who need to pivot career paths from pandemic-impacted industries like hospitality and tourism to more stable job opportunities in the immediate future.


Feature Story Mersiha Homecare Services has grown from Mafruza Begum's home office to a storefront in a former flower shop in Hamtramck.

Mersiha Homecare Services aims to provide care for Bangla-speaking patients in Metro Detroit

The lack of culturally competent options and Bangla-speaking home health care providers in Metro Detroit inspired Mafruza Begum to open her own business, Mersiha Homecare Services LLC, in 2014.

 

Feature Story A shopper peruses local items at Eastern Market's Sunday Market earlier this year. Holiday Markets are back, with Sunday markets focusing on local vendors selling everything from beauty products to T-shirts.

9 ways to think big and shop small by supporting Detroit businesses this holiday season

From handmade jewelry to works of art, find some gift inspiration with these locally focused shopping events and guides.

Partner Content Daisy Manriquez.

"I’ve been where they are": Van Buren County nutrition educator journeys from student to teacher

As an eighth-grader, Daisy Manriquez loved learning to garden through programming supported by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program education (SNAP-Ed) funding. Today, Manriquez is 24 and her job is leading SNAP-Ed programming for a new generation.

Longform A Joy for All robotic dog.

Michigan agencies distribute robotic pets to help elders combat loneliness during pandemic

One agency has already distributed 80 robotic pets to elders in its service area, and others across Michigan are either considering or actively preparing efforts to hand out hundreds more.

Longform A painting at La Palapa del Parian restaurant.

Resilient Neighborhoods: As COVID-19 intensifies, SW Detroit businesses roll up their sleeves

The pandemic hasn't been easy for Southwest Detroit businesses, but they're doing their best to roll with the punches.

Development News The Obama Building in Old Redford

The Obama Building opens its doors in historic Old Redford

A $3.6 million renovation of the historic bank building, originally built in 1917, brings four loft-style apartments and 8,800 square feet of retail space to Old Redford. 

Feature Story Gary Ringer

Connecting the dots: Detroit firefighter sees a bigger picture around health equity

Detroit firefighter Gary Ringer is connecting with national health experts to promote a better culture of health in his community, and wants local stations to be a part of that change: "As firefighters, we can do more than just putting the ‘wet stuff on the red stuff,’ we can play a more intricate role in the community we serve."

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Seat Detroit opens new location in renovated house in North End

A space for coworking and connecting, Seat Detroit is also a way for owner and founder Que Roland to create a legacy in Detroit and invest in the city.

Feature Story BLK Space's BLK Wall Street event featuring local Black vendors.

'For us, by us': How four friends are creating space for Black creatives like themselves in Detroit

“When starting a business you always have to answer a problem. And we started BLK Space by answering our own problem,” says Miracle Bailey, who is BLK Space’s chief marketing officer. “We needed the space literally for us."


Feature Story Life coach Monica Marie Jones

Lessons from a life coach: Exhausted from working from home? How to stay engaged and productive

For many, boundaries between work, school, and home no longer exist. The perpetual indefiniteness of these blurred lines may substantially decrease our capacity for productivity and authentic engagement. This is why it’s more important than ever to be intentional about our mental and emotional well-being in order to sustain motivation while working from home.


Buzz A youth volunteer from the city works at the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm.

Detour Detroit and Planet Detroit: A guide to eating, finding and growing local food in Detroit

Through this project, a collaborative effort between Detour Detroit and Planet Detroit, we talked to dozens of local experts who know food, from seed to table. The Hunger Files guide is a bite-sized taste of their wisdom about growing, preserving, and finding local food in Detroit, with tips for things you can do, starting today. 

Buzz Danielle Daguio of Keep Growing Detroit

Tostada Magazine: How Keep Growing Detroit Is making food accessible during a pandemic

Since the onset of COVID-19, grocery stores have been hit with shortages, limited hours, and social distancing restrictions making food shopping an anxiety-inducing experience, to say the least. At the same time, thousands of families have found themselves suddenly jobless, without income, and faced with fewer options to feed their households.  

Partner Content A Farmers Market Food Navigator interacts with a market patron.

Farmers Market Food Navigators help maximize Prescriptions for Health

At Mt. Pleasant’s Island Park Farmers Market and St. Louis Farmers Market, friendly Farmers Market Food Navigators share nutrition tips and teach low-income residents how to make the most of their food dollars.

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