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Students mural celebrates Latino community, diversity and unity

To create a stunning new mural on Grandville Avenue, high school students spent months exploring race, identity and heritage. After nearly a year of doing everything from holding public forums to putting on skits about racism in Grand Rapids, the teenagers are ...
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Metro Detroit employers offer family friendly policies to attract millennial workers

Workplaces across the nation are slow to meet the needs of a new generation of employees with families. Several metro Detroit employers are bucking that trend and leading the way to more family-oriented workplaces.
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Making Grand Rapids' green spaces more inclusive

When the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks was struggling to connect with residents in underserved areas, they decided to change the way they were doing things. Part of that meant hiring a neighborhood liaison, Yiovanny Cornejo, who led the charge to make the city's ...
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Grand Rapids schools tackle hunger, food insecurity with gardens

From providing lessons about growing food in urban spaces to giving children fresh produce to take home, school gardens are playing an increasingly vital role in Grand Rapids' community health landscape.
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Center lights a path for homeless youth

Invisible to many in West Michigan, an average of 200 youth go without a place to sleep each night in the community. They've escaped violence, rejection and neglect. For youth who have no place to call home, HQ Runaway & Homeless Youth Drop-In Center offers a ...
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Detroit parks that attract youth and engage neighbors

While Detroit's park network has significant room for improvement, there are several local parks that stand out as great models of kid-friendly, community-enhancing public spaces.
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An end to hunger: How healthy food plays a significant role in school turnarounds

When one Grand Rapids principal saw a student taking scraps from a lunchroom dumpster, she knew the school needed to address student hunger. Working with Kids Food Basket, the school began providing sack suppers; the change has been transformative.
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