Meet Damontai Richard, a guiding light, leader and influencer of Flint’s youth

Meet Damontai Richard, a guiding light, leader and influencer of Flint’s youth

Ask Flint’s Damontai Richard how he would describe himself and there is no hesitation. “I’m a leader,” he says boldly. It doesn’t take long to realize that indeed the 23-year-old’s response doesn’t stem from cockiness, but a healthy sense of self-awareness. Or, that his proclamation is shared by many of his peers across the city. […]

5th Annual African American Film Series at Flint Institute of Arts begins this month  

5th Annual African American Film Series at Flint Institute of Arts begins this month  

A four-month Our African American Film Series that begins with Toni Morrison’s acclaimed “The Pieces that I Am” in November and ends with the emotional film “Mr. Church” on Feb. 13 will celebrate the artistry of African Americans in entertainment. The series, designed to “inspire, inform, empower and entertain” attendees, is hosted by Communities First […]

Moving You Forward Opportunity Expo explores ways to support financial health for the whole family

Moving You Forward Opportunity Expo explores ways to support financial health for the whole family

On Oct. 9, there are few places that Malinda Baker would rather be than the “Moving You Forward Opportunity Expo” taking place at Kettering University. She says she’s planning on attending the large-scale resource fair, “because it’s an opportunity to efficiently learn about so many different local programs. So often services go unused, because people simply […]

A look at how the Metro Flint YouthBuild program is creating hope and opportunity for local youth

A look at how the Metro Flint YouthBuild program is creating hope and opportunity for local youth

For more than a decade now, Metro Flint YouthBuild, has been a stepping stone to sustainable careers and meaningful employment for hundreds of Flint’s most needful youth between the ages of 16 -24. The YouthBuild movement began in Harlem, New York in 1978. The program was created to revamp decaying housing stock while providing education […]

Flint’s restaurants and culinary centers feed city’s resurgence

Flint’s restaurants and culinary centers feed city’s resurgence

By Karen Dybis and Jackie Berg Flint’s restaurants, like the city itself, have their own unique flavor and vibe. Some have a saucy staff and menu options to match, while others are known for their sophisticated charm and cuisine. All are on display during Flint’s Restaurant Week, which puts Flint’s growing culinary scene on hyperdrive […]

Forward Together: Flint & Genesee County residents invited to create a shared roadmap to prosperity

Forward Together: Flint & Genesee County residents invited to create a shared roadmap to prosperity

Thinking and acting regionally is at the center of economic resurgence efforts throughout the country and, now, it’s a part of the mission of Flint and Genesee County Forward Together Steering Committee, who will be working in tandem to create a roadmap for regional prosperity. The 24-member group, which represents a unique partnership between the […]

On the Grind: Young entrepreneurs invest in Flint

On the Grind: Young entrepreneurs invest in Flint

It seems that a new business is being formed in Flint almost every day. The opening of these businesses doesn’t typically come with TV coverage or special announcements. These days, an entrepreneur can start building his or own brand with as little as a mobile phone or social media page and a product to push. […]

Growing numbers of Flint’s young people are chasing their business dreams

Growing numbers of Flint’s young people are chasing their business dreams

Deijana Rhodes is a straight-A student at Mott Community College and a manager at McDonald’s, but her mom calls her by another title. “‘You’re a go-getter.’ That’s her favorite line around the house,” says Rhodes, 19. One in a growing number of Flint-area entrepreneurs younger than 30, Rhodes doesn’t disagree. Like the ambitious woman who […]

One vision, many voices and a single aim: Include everyone

One vision, many voices and a single aim: Include everyone

Fostering shared interest in economic development, growth and prosperity is a good idea and a model that TheHUB Flint stands squarely behind. In order for Flint and Genesee County communities to grow, development must be inclusionary of everyone. That’s the premise of the new Forward Together initiative, which aims to create alignment and momentum between […]

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