Community love, compassion and committed leadership are helping transform North Flint

Community love, compassion and committed leadership are helping transform North Flint

Service to the community is something Jeanette Edwards, president of the Brownell-Holmes Neighborhood Association, takes seriously.  “As long as the block club needs me to be president, I will be president,” she says. Edwards created the association when she saw a need for more organization in her North Flint neighbor-hood. It’s 56 members strong, and a good […]

Shine On:  YouthQuest and other afterschool programs spotlighted

Shine On:  YouthQuest and other afterschool programs spotlighted

A youthful glow was seen on more than one face at the 18th Annual Lights On Afterschool, an annual nationwide rally that highlights the importance of providing afterschool programming for children. The initiative took place last month at 16 sites throughout the city. “It was a huge hit,” says LaKeitha Givens, the Program Director for YouthQuest,Flint & Genesee County […]

Piano man raises $100,000 for Flint youth

Piano man raises $100,000 for Flint youth

He has defined himself and his career with a series of “firsts.” He was was the youngest member ever inducted into of the National Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame. And, the first to create a moving musical platform. Mark Braun, otherwise known as “Mr. B,” is the founder of Mr. B’s Joybox Express, a nonprofit organization […]

Flint problem solvers: Two hours time, a toolkit and tons of resources

Flint problem solvers: Two hours time, a toolkit and tons of resources

Safety, blight, abandoned homes. These are a few of the challenging issues that Flint residents deal with. And there is one dynamic group that helps find answers. Flint Neighborhoods United, or FNU, the nonprofit, grassroots organization and its president, Carma Lewis, seek solutions constantly. It’s what they do. The organization, composed of community groups and […]