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 Neighborhood Engagement Hub’s new director will energize resident-led efforts

Flint Neighborhood Engagement Hub’s new director will energize resident-led efforts

Neighborhoods are the backbone of any community and, in Flint, they are the epicenter of its recovery efforts. Nowhere is the city’s community character and warmth more evident than in its neighborhoods. Residents showcase community strength and resilience. They are buoying community spirit and, yes, rebuilding their neighborhoods and their lives. The Neighborhood Engagement Hub […]

Flint’s food landscape shows signs of new life

Flint’s food landscape shows signs of new life

To make sure his congregation and community enjoy healthy food options one pastor  took it upon himself to find resources to feed more Flint residents. Pastor Patrick Wayne Sanders of New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church at 1035 East Carpenter Road, developed the nonprofit Fresh Start CDC about five years ago, around the same time […]

Flint Homecoming panelists stress importance of engagement and action

Flint Homecoming panelists stress importance of engagement and action

Bilal Kareem Tawwab took on more than a job when he accepted the leadership of Flint Community Schools in 2015. The new superintendent took it upon himself to learn everything he could about the school system before he set about the task of improving the quality of education for thousands of the community’s young people. […]

Stars shine brightly for young Flint filmmakers

Stars shine brightly for young Flint filmmakers

The stars twinkled Thursday evening at the but these weren’t the same old leading men and women in Hollywood. No, the local movie-makers celebrated July 27 were participants in the second annual Flint Youth Film Festival Awards Ceremony, featuring aspiring artists from ages 13 to 25.  The program recognizes short-film directors, honoring their work in […]

Flint expats encouraged to come home

Flint expats encouraged to come home

There are a lot of reasons why people leave the communities they love. And, now it’s time to get them back, according to the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce and its partners, who are hoping to lure Flint’s many expatriates home with a big, bold Flint Homecoming event.  The invitation-only event, scheduled on August 16 – 17, will […]

Fertile Ground: Ruth Mott Foundation grants are seeding hope

Fertile Ground: Ruth Mott Foundation grants are seeding hope

Our cities and neighborhoods need more seed sewing. The spark of investment, financial or otherwise, is especially crucial in communities challenged by underemployment and lack of other growth opportunities. But who has the vision to help cultivate blocks of often cracked and worn concrete into fertile ground? Where the goal of sowing seed is transformation, […]