YouthQuest recruits students to help stop summer slide

YouthQuest recruits students to help stop summer slide

Some call it “summer slide,” the decline in learning that occurs during sunny, carefree weeks between June and September when most students are out of school. While some parents and teachers encourage independent reading or enrichment programs that keep youth engaged, academic research suggests more educational strengthening is important. YouthQuest, an initiative administered by the […]

Artistic Visions Enterprise leads new ‘Rites of Passage’ effort mold future leaders

Artistic Visions Enterprise leads new ‘Rites of Passage’ effort mold future leaders

DeWaun E. Robinson is inspired when he observes “Rites of Passage” program students assembling at Hamady High School. As part of the ongoing mentoring initiative Robinson launched through Artistic Visions Enterprise in January, the youth gather for regular sessions that involve everything from black history studies to short meditation. At the onset of the program […]

170 Flint and Genesee County high school students to be honored as Black Scholars by Urban League

170 Flint and Genesee County high school students to be honored as Black Scholars by Urban League

For the 36th year, promising seniors from high schools across Flint and Genesee County will be recognized for their achievements at the Urban League of Flint’s Salute to Black Scholars on Wednesday, May 16 at Kettering University. No matter what challenges any teenager faces, these 170 individuals honored by the Urban League and the Flint […]

Flint launches community-wide literacy campaign

Flint launches community-wide literacy campaign

Flint Community Schools want students to start flexing their literacy muscles year-round. In partnership with the Mayor Karen Weaver’s office and other community supporters, the school district has launched “Extra, Extra Read All About It” to encourage families to read during non-classroom days and times. Flint Community Schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab, Flint Director of Community […]

CONNECT program gives literacy a lift for first graders in Flint

CONNECT program gives literacy a lift for first graders in Flint

Flint Community Schools is raising its literacy mission to a level beyond classroom lessons. Adding their talents and energy to the efforts of local teachers are central office employees who’ve launched a new program that combines reading with mentoring. Sixty first graders have begun meeting with Flint Community Schools central office team members for CONNECT […]

Linkin’ Bridge to headline Genesee District Library’s Black History Month Brunch

Linkin’ Bridge to headline Genesee District Library’s Black History Month Brunch

If you’re a fan of America’s Got Talent you probably remember Linkin’ Bridge. The a cappella group made it to the finals in 2016. Here’s your chance to see them live. Linkin’ Bridge will headline the Genesee District Library’s 17th Annual Black History Month Brunch on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Genesys Conference & Banquet Center […]

Youth mentor’s anti-bullying campaign making a difference in lives of Flint youth

Youth mentor’s anti-bullying campaign making a difference in lives of Flint youth

The 13-year-old’s confession caught her mother by surprise. Tracy Palmer knew her daughter had experienced bullying, but she hadn’t known the full extent. Hiding in restrooms, panic attacks and other daily stress were often part of the student’s school day. “She opened up and told us things we had never even talked about,” Palmer recalls. […]

Doyle Ryder Elementary School wins $5,000 in Keep Genesee County Beautiful Recycling Contest

Doyle Ryder Elementary School wins $5,000 in Keep Genesee County Beautiful Recycling Contest

Students at Doyle Ryder Elementary School take recycling seriously, and it earned them $5,000 for their school. Doyle Ryder came in first place Keep Genesee County Beautiful’s 7th annual Recycle-Bowl competition with 10,596.53 pounds of recycling. That’s a lot of trash that won’t end up in landfills. Keep Genesee County Beautiful collaborated with Flint’s Community […]

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s ‘2020: Building the Future’ sees a revitalized city, county

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce’s ‘2020: Building the Future’ sees a revitalized city, county

As we wind up 2017 it’s a good time to think about the past and plan for the future. The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce has done both. Earlier this year it launched an initiative called “2020: Building the Future.” It focuses on development projects and education and destination programs that the chamber says […]