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New mentoring program seeks to connect local youth of color with Grand Rapids' tech industry

Submitted 02-09-2016 under NEWS

The Midwest Tech Project Mentoring Program, co-founded by Jonathon Jelks and Alvin Hill IV, launches Februrary 11 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.


Land, labor, capital: Looking at root causes of our diseased food system

Submitted 02-09-2016 under OPINION

Lance Kraai of New City Urban Farm proposes a generous reciprocal free market based on Judaic/Christian ideas of Shalom over capitalism and addresses the historical problems that capitalism has created.


Join me in making history: Grand Rapids' new mayor pens letter to citizens at start of term

Submitted 02-09-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss encourages Grand Rapidians to partner with her in making Grand Rapids a more vibrant, effective and inclusive city.


Mayor Bliss answers questions live on first City Connection appearance

Submitted 02-08-2016 under NONPROFITS

Addressing conversations about policy and community relations, affordable housing and other citizen questions live on Monday night, Mayor Bliss took over City Connection on GRTV and The Rapidian this Monday, February 8.


Parent driven advocacy organization works with GRPS to ensure students' needs are being met

Submitted 02-05-2016 under NONPROFITS

When GRPS announced cuts to Special Education summer programming, a group of parents and community members came together to form an advocacy organization that led a movement to keep programming intact.


Meet the woman solving hunger in West Michigan

Submitted 02-04-2016 under NONPROFITS

A Q&A with Maggie Marcinkus, the brand-new volunteer coordinator at Feeding America West Michigan.


Mayor Rosalynn Bliss tackles racial disparity, affordable housing in first City Address

Submitted 02-04-2016 under NEWS

Grand Rapids' new mayor set out an ambitious list of goals addressing racial disparity, housing and environmental sustainability in her first State of the City Address.


Harrison Park students share events, programs benefiting community

Submitted 02-03-2016 under NONPROFITS

With programs ranging from "be nice." and a debate team, events and Facebook pages to celebrate students and more, there's a lot to know about what's going on at Harrison Park Elementary. Students ages 10 & 11 share what they think you should know.


Women of Color Cook Eat & Talk: How white allies can help undo racism

Submitted 02-02-2016 under NONPROFITS

Women of Color Cook, Eat & Talk kicks off with an exciting program facilitated by two veterans of the Civil Rights movement. Lila Cabbil worked alongside Rosa Parks for 40+ years. Barbara Roos traveled to the South in the ‘60s to stand with African Americans working for civil rights.


Mayor Bliss to hold neighborhood listening meetings following State of the City address

Submitted 02-02-2016 under NEWS

Citizens are invited to meetings at three GRPS schools to ask the mayor questions, express concerns and discuss the State of the City. Video if the State of the City address is included in this article.