Stories

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. 

Longform JA Economics for Success

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.

Development News Constructing the stage at Spotlight Park earlier this summer

Hollywood helps local CDC fund construction of new pocket park in NW Goldberg neighborhood

NW Goldberg Cares celebrates the fourth pocket park the organization has built since 2019.

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.

Development News The Michigan Trails Week Challenge wants participants to log their miles online.

Michigan Trails Week Challenge asks you to get outside and log your miles online

Thinking of getting out and enjoying local trails? Michigan Trails Week is the perfect time to make it happen!

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'."

Feature Story Detroit Heals Detroit. Photo courtesy of Sirrita Darby

Detroit youth help peers heal from trauma, rising amid the pandemicThe Nonprofit Journal Project

The need for healing continues to grow. The pandemic has negatively affected the communities we serve more than a lot of other communities. The need to combat trauma has been amplified. Yet, the young people here are giving me hope. We're big on "making a way, finding a way." We've been doing this since we started healing together, and we'll continue to.

Development News Red’s Jazz Shoe Shine Parlor in 2019. Photo by Nick Hagen

Crowdfunding helps to restore Red’s Jazz Shoe Shine Parlor as community hub in North End

Red’s stage has hosted an impressive group of legendary Detroit artists over the years, including Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and more.

Feature Story Austen Brantley’s exhibition “Behind the Mask” at Norwest Gallery

Detroit sculptor takes viewers 'behind the mask' to explore layers of identity in new exhibit

Esteemed sculptor and Detroit native Austen Brantley is showing a solo exhibition at the Norwest Gallery of Art called "Behind the Mask" which deals with the duality of being African American. By using ceramic sculptures of African antiques, human figures, and masks juxtaposing each other, the exhibition explores the lost cultural identity and rediscovery of heritage many African Americans experience.

Feature Story MathAlive!

Michigan Science Center exhibit aims to fill COVID-19 learning gaps for Detroit students

After a delay because of flooding, an interactive math exhibition will open this month at the Michigan Science Center, designed to help fill a gap in student's knowledge after disrupted learning during COVID-19. “We felt that this effect, now known as the COVID slide, could derail thousands of students, particularly those that were already performing below grade level," says Dr. Christian Greer, president and CEO of MiSci. "We were determined to do something about it."

Feature Story Hope for Flowers

Renowned fashion designer Tracy Reese set to launch free art program for Detroit youth

When Tracy Reese isn't styling former first lady Michelle Obama and building the Detroit-based sustainable brand Hope For Flowers, you'll find her busy introducing a new art enrichment program for youth. Model D gets the scoop on  the new, free initiative aimed at making art more accessible.

Feature Story Audra Pieknik. Courtesy photo.

The Art Experience in Pontiac offers community opportunities to explore, create and healThe Nonprofit Journal Project

Since the pandemic, so many people have experienced loss, grief, and trauma and the use of art therapy can bring comfort and healing. I believe our organization provides a very accessible way for our community as a whole to work toward mental health and overall well-being.

Longform Cindy Brummette is a school nurse in Grand Ledge Public Schools.

"We're exhausted": Michigan's school nurses take on heavy burden with COVID-19

When COVID-19 shut schools down, school nurses found themselves with even more work to do.

Feature Story Karen Moore

Sanctum House offers safety and new beginnings to survivors of human traffickingThe Nonprofit Journal Project

This is the hardest job I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some big jobs in my life. But being able to walk with these women, and to help them through their dark days is so rewarding. They've got to go through it all to get to the other side, but when they come out, and they know they’ve been kept safe through the process, all of a sudden, you start to see a different look in their eyes.   

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