The Rapidian

Grand Rapid's South East Neighborhood

Institute for Global Education hosts Week of Peace events

Submitted 09-19-2017 under NONPROFITS

For the last seven years the Institute for Global Education has commemorated the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st.


Celebrating eight years of community-powered storytelling

Submitted 09-12-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

The Rapidian is proud to celebrate its eighth birthday this month. We're asking for your help to power eight more years of the platform. Visit to give today.


Learn to tell your story on The Rapidian

Submitted 09-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

Community members are invited to attend the free first fall Community Journalism Workshop from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on September 12, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Public Library.


My road to getting through college, a 32-year personal journey

Submitted 08-22-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

A college education is something that no one can ever take away from you. Read more from Ron Lemmon in this piece in our first-gen series.


State Rep. Runestad pushes changes to Child Custody Act which prioritize rights of parents over children

Submitted 08-18-2017 under OPINION

Town hall event with bill sponsor State Representative Jim Runestad (R-44th District) to be held Monday, August 21st, at 6:00 p.m. at 401 Hall Street SW in Grand Rapids.


$7000 in Scholarships for Trans Students

Submitted 08-17-2017 under NONPROFITS

The Grand Rapids Trans Foundation awarded $7000 in scholarships to four local students.


Grow, eat, and learn with Urban Roots

Submitted 08-11-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Founder and Executive Director of Urban Roots, Levi Gardner, shares his thoughts on what urban farming means to him and how the community can get involved.


Rethinking child support, Part 1: How good parents go to jail

Submitted 08-08-2017 under OPINION

Examining why the our child support system is out of sync with society, and its impact on Kent County’s most economically disadvantaged parents.


Amplify GR meeting: What does community ownership look like?

Submitted 07-28-2017 under OPINION

Until Grand Rapids intentionally starts a restorative justice and reparations process to deal with over a century of oppression, those in power will evade true community ownership and empowerment.


On being a first generation college student

Submitted 07-25-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

Diving into the college world without the resources and advice of family who attended can be tricky to navigate but with some advice and storytelling we can help bridge the gap for incoming first-generation students. We will be covering this topic during the month of August.