Got a cool school program? Apply for a wellness award

Got a cool school program? Apply for a wellness award

Maybe your school is like Detroit’s Timbuktu Academy and has a “Try It Tuesdays,”  food-sampling program. Or perhaps your school participates in a Farm-to-School program, which brings fresh fruits and vegetables from Michigan farmers to local lunchrooms every month or maybe your school just introduced a school Smoothie Station or step competition. If you are doing something new and […]

More kids are paying attention in class, getting better grades, making healthier food choices and amping up activity levels thanks to Building Healthy Communities

More kids are paying attention in class, getting better grades, making healthier food choices and amping up activity levels thanks to Building Healthy Communities

Kids go off to school almost every day to learn reading, math, science and more. Now with the help Building Healthy Communities, they can also learn how to be a healthier person.  For the ninth year, elementary schoolers can fight childhood obesity and get healthier with common sense solutions with the school-based wellness program’s help. […]

Fuel Up to Play 60 participants prepare to lean in and lead

Fuel Up to Play 60 participants prepare to lean in and lead

The Ford Field players tunnel is tense with excitement. Team members gaze out at bright lights that beam down on thick football turf, awaiting the moment they’ll enter the stadium. An announcer’s words soon fill arena speakers as the jersey-clad teams rush from the tunnel into the oval-shaped glory of 65,000 spectator seats. But today, […]

Jump-starting jobs: Detroit employers asked to post 8,000 help wanted signs

Jump-starting jobs: Detroit employers asked to post 8,000 help wanted signs

Young, talented and employed. That will be the credentials behind the names of 8,000 of Detroit’s 14-24-year-old population, who won’t have to wait around to  be successful thanks to Mayor Duggan’s call to jump-start summer employment programs for area youth. The Mayor officially kick-started enrollment for Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) this week. The program will […]

Giving Back: Comcast Foundation awards help support neighborhood programs

Giving Back: Comcast Foundation awards help support neighborhood programs

Michigan’s corporations are often under fire for not giving enough, so it’s worth taking a moment to recognize the efforts of organizations that support annual giving programs. One recent highlight is the donations from the Comcast Foundation, which will disbursing more than $350,000 to area organizations this year. These donations change lives. Rather than returning […]

Urban education, Detroit’s future and entrepreneurship to take center stage at Mackinac Policy Conference

Urban education, Detroit’s future and entrepreneurship to take center stage at Mackinac Policy Conference

As Michigan wrestles with the skills gap, city redevelopment and other do-or-die issues, the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference has created an agenda with a focus on issues including urban education, entrepreneurism and Michigan’s future in terms of business development and growth. Sandy Baruah, CEO and president of the Detroit Regional Chamber recently described the June […]

So what happens after the Mackinac Policy Conference? In this example, schools, children and Detroit won

So what happens after the Mackinac Policy Conference? In this example, schools, children and Detroit won

One consistent thing that happens at the Mackinac Policy Conference is someone (or multiple someones) has to ask: What, if anything, happens when business leaders, governmental representatives, philantropists, educational experts and the media are stuck together in a hotel for four days? The typical answer is – or, at least, the expectation of those naysayers […]