San Francisco Launches Guaranteed-Income Pilot Program for Transgender Residents
San Francisco is launching a new guaranteed-income program for transgender residents, Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday. The Guaranteed Income for Trans People pilot program will provide 55 low-income transgender residents with $1,200 a month for up to 18 months.news.yahoo.com
‘Pathway to Peace’ program launching to help West Michigan seniors settle conflicts
The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) is making a long-term financial commitment to support the new program promoting peace for seniors. The community foundation awarded Mediation Services, a Holland nonprofit, nearly $64,000 over the next four years to launch “Pathway to Peace.” The program offers a range of conflict resolution services to help seniors navigate their changing lives. “As people get older, they can face disagreements with important people in their lives,” said Elizabeth Giddings Scott, executive director of Mediation Services. The nonprofit’s end goal is being able to help seniors discover more peace in their golden years by moving beyond disagreements through the use of an impartial facilitator. For more information on the various programs offered through Mediation Services, visit their website.mlive.com
Mott Community College launches ‘Workforce Promise,’ letting employers refer grads back to school for free
FLINT, MI -- Mott Community College is launching a new program that will allow partnering employers to refer former MCC graduates back to the college for continued development for free. Dubbed the “Workforce Promise,” the new program was announced at a special luncheon event on Wednesday, Oct. 5 on the campus of Mott Community College by Board of Trustees Chair Anne Figueroa and President Beverly Walker-Griffea. The Workforce Promise will allow employers to refer former graduates to enhance their education with technical skills and employability skills, according to a news release from the college. It will include badges that are specific to the “Workforce Promise Endorsement” for skills like oral and written communications, leadership and problem solving. Mott Community College hopes this new program will serve as a model for other community colleges across the state of Michigan and the United States.mlive.com
Live updates New effort to launch Artemis I is encountering problems loading the fuel
The Artemis program is NASA’s flagship deep-space human exploration program, meant to return astronauts to the moon for the first time since the last of the Apollo missions, in 1972. Saturday’s flight, known as Artemis I, is the first in a series of test missions. It would send the Orion crew capsule in orbit around the moon for about six weeks without any astronauts on board. The next flight, Artemis II, scheduled for some time in 2024, would send astronauts into lunar orbit but not to the surface of the moon. A lunar landing, Artemis III, could come in 2025 or 2026, if all goes according to plan.washingtonpost.com
Funding for children’s advocacy centers in Michigan is now assured, state says
Funding for a statewide program that provides help for victims of child sexual abuse, particularly with specialists to interview victims in assistance to police, has now been assured. Michigan Department of Health and Human Services staff on Friday, Aug. 26 said a previously anticipated funding cut for children’s advocacy centers now will not happen because of an influx of federal dollars.mlive.com
Concordia University Ann Arbor program receives $1.48M rural health care federal grant
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Concordia’s physician’s assistant studies program a $1.48 million grant over five years to support students who opt to participate in rural clinical experiences.
U.P. police use Lifetracker program to find missing special needs man in 7 minutes
MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI – Upper Peninsula police are crediting the Lifetracker program for helping to find a 23-year-old special needs man. The program provides wristbands with a transmitter to families to aid in the safe return of an individual who may wander. According to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the male walked away from his adult foster home in Ishpeming at 7:29 a.m. on Thursday. Thanks to Lifetracker, the man was located and returned home in just seven minutes. Deputies are using the incident to remind residents about the opportunity to use Lifetracker.mlive.com
‘Today’ on NBC features cold case program at Western Michigan University
KALAMAZOO, MI -- A Western Michigan University program that gives criminal justice students real-world experience was featured on NBC’s “Today” this week. Students in WMU’s Cold Case Program get to experience work as detectives while finishing their studies in the university’s criminal justice program, NBC’s Savannah Sellers said on “Today” Tuesday, April 26. Related: ‘Better than a textbook,’ Western Michigan cold case program gives students hands-on experienceThe program, one of the few in the country, gives students an up-close look at police work in criminal investigations, Director Ashlyn Kuersten said in an interview with MLive. The partnership between Western Michigan University and Michigan State Police launched in 2021, when five students joined the program in the fall. “We are so excited about the new cold case program WMU is offering, what a phenomenal opportunity for our students,” the department said on Facebook.mlive.com
A program helping busy adults get a degree for only 7K per year
It’s hardly breaking news to say that the price of a college education has gone sky high. Well there’s a local program you may have never heard of that is helping Metro Detroiters of every age bring that tuition bill down to only $7,000 per year.
From hydraulic lifts to golf carts: Jackson College auctioning equipment from discontinued program
JACKSON, MI - From alignment systems and workbenches to E-Z-Go golf carts, items from Jackson College’s discontinued automotive service technology program are up for bid this week. Jackson College will host a public auction from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at 2111 Emmons Road on equipment from its former automotive shop and more. The automotive program was discontinued in February 2019 due to declining enrollment and looking at national industry trends and input from from employers, Jackson College Chief Operating Officer Cindy Allen said. In order for that to happen, Allen said equipment from the former automotive service technology program needs to find new homes. A complete listing of auction items can be found here.mlive.com
‘Food as medicine’: Michigan hospital-based farms kick off yearly produce share
ANN ARBOR, MI - A major Southeast Michigan hospital system is gearing up for the growing season. You read that right. A program that grows fresh produce on St. Joseph Mercy Health System campuses in Ann Arbor and Pontiac has opened registration for its yearly farm share program, offering members weekly or bi-weekly boxes of seasonal fruit and vegetables from local growers.mlive.com
Black History Month to be celebrated with special program in Muskegon Heights on Feb. 26
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – A special program celebrating Black History Month will be presented at the Muskegon Heights Public Library Saturday. The event that is open to the public is hosted by the Muskegon County Democratic Party Black Caucus. King, program chair for the caucus, who said prominent figures and events in Black history will be highlighted by various speakers, including children from the community. The program will begin at noon, Feb. 26, at the library, 2808 Sanford St. “Every February, the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of African Americans who have helped shape the nation,” said Muskegon Heights Vice Mayor Willie German Jr., caucus president.mlive.com
Unpaid property taxes added to the list of what Bay City’s new $3K household assistance grants can help with
BAY CITY, MI - A new program aimed at giving Bay City residents some relief with housings costs was expanded. The Bay City Commission approved a resolution during the Monday, Feb. 21 meeting that added unpaid property taxes as an eligible expense for the city’s new $1,000,000 assistance program for Bay City households. The program originally allowed for approved applicants to receive a one-time grant of up to $3,000 per household to pay for past due utilities and rent or mortgage payments that were incurred from March 3, 2021 forward. With the new changes, residents may now apply for assistance for unpaid property taxes that incurred in the years 2020 and 2021. To be eligible, applicants must live within the city limits of Bay City and be at or below 300% of the federal poverty limits.mlive.com
Chelsea girls cross country coach Pat Clarke retires more than 50 years after creating program
CHELSEA – More than 50 years after starting Chelsea’s girls cross country team and turning into a competitive program, Pat Clarke has stepped down. Chelsea announced Clarke’s retirement Tuesday morning and celebrated the longtime coach for his commitment to the program and the community.mlive.com
44% of Michigan families live in a child care desert. State pilot program addresses accessible care.
Holt’s employer, TentCraft in Traverse City, has signed onto the Tri-Share Child Care program splitting child care costs between the employer, employee and a state fund. It’s estimated that 44% of Michigan’s population lives in a child care desert where there are not enough options. In response Murray started researching and visiting local child care centers to try and coordinate care. “It’s important to note that many child care teachers cannot afford child care for their own children where they work,” Christman said. “[They’re] stuck because of the low wages they receive.”Low wages were the main recruitment challenge for 78% of Michigan child care centers, according to the MLPP.mlive.com
Ann Arbor company launches program trading free rent for startup equity
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Ann Arbor startups can now trade equity in their company for a free rent for a year, thanks to new program launched by an Ann Arbor real estate company. OXIO SAFE, announced by Oxford Companies on Jan. 18, gives startup companies up to a year’s worth of rent in exchange for future equity in the company. OXIO SAFE is an extension of the company’s Instant Office program, which provides ready-to-use offices at Oxford Companies properties. Related: Developer envisions more walkable, livable Briarwood Mall area in Ann ArborPaul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, praised the program, saying it can help attract new business to Ann Arbor. “The new OXIO SAFE program will deepen our organization’s commitment to furthering economic growth in the Ann Arbor area,” said Wonwoo Lee, the company’s director of asset management, in a statement.mlive.com
Sign-ups for Flint Inner-City Youth Hockey Program open now
FLINT, MI -- Sign-ups for the Flint Inner-City Youth Hockey Program are open now until all 30 spots in the program are filled. The program, which has been around since 2010 when it was started by now-retired Flint firefighter Rico Phillips, introduces ice hockey and ice skating to Flint youth ages 8-11. “The reason that it is specifically for kids within the city of Flint is that the opportunity for recreation is so limited.”Related: Flint Inner City Youth Hockey Program introduces children to the sport at Perani ArenaPhillips won the National Hockey League’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award in 2019 in recognition of the program. The Flint Inner-City Youth Hockey program will run from Jan. 8 through March 26, for about 10 weeks, Phillips said. Those who are interested can sign up at the Flint Inner-City Youth Hockey Program’s website here.mlive.com
Feeling lonely? New program in Midland connects community with phone calls to combat loneliness, isolation
MIDLAND, MI - A new program was recently launched in Midland to help residents overcome loneliness while creating new, friendly connections. Named “Friendly Connections”, the program aims to build bridges by pairing up Midland County community members and helping them connect for 2 -3 hours a month by phone. The program was made possible by a joint effort by community partners such as MyMichigan Health, Senior Services, 2-1-1 of Northeast Michigan, the Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition and the United Way of Midland County. “Feeling like we belong contributes significantly to our wellbeing,” said Kathy Snyder, coordinator of the Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition. “I’m excited for Friendly Connections to be introduced to our community,” said Jeremy Screws, connections manager at 2-1-1 of Northeast Michigan.mlive.com
Kalamazoo County students invited to join College Academic Success Team
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI -- Students looking for extra support to prepare for life after high school are invited to join the College Academic Success Team in Kalamazoo County. Students meet weekly for interactive classroom sessions from January through June, according to a press release from the program. The program is free to Kalamazoo County high school students, the release said. The program also offers education on financial literacy. Students who complete the program are awarded $100 and the chance to attend a field trip, the release said.mlive.com
AU envoy sees short `window of opportunity' on Ethiopia war
The African Union’s envoy for the Horn of Africa is warning that there is a short “window of opportunity” and little time to reverse the crisis in northern Ethiopia which has drastically deteriorated in recent weeks amid an escalating offensive by Tigray forces against the governmentwashingtonpost.com
AFC Ann Arbor, local organizations launch new community youth program in Ypsilanti
Association Football Club Ann Arbor and Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper, in partnership with the Hart & Tay Train Foundation, the Rob Murphy Foundation and the Mighty Oak Project, have launched a new community youth program called CLR Academy.
‘Withdrawing 14K a day off unemployment.’ Ex-Homewood man accused of filing fraudulent COVID-19 claims, boasting in Instagram messages
A Georgia man was accused Tuesday in a federal indictment of filing fraudulent coronavirus-related unemployment claims from his former home in south suburban Homewood.chicagotribune.com
Ann Arbor SPARK to manage statewide Michigan internship program
The internships will be funded by Ann Arbor SPARK and a grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund. ANN ARBOR – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will partner with Ann Arbor SPARK to launch the Michigan STEM Forward internship program on a statewide level. SPARK has run the program on a local level through the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone with a decade of positive results. In scaling the program up, MEDC will work in partnership with SPARK to place 425-450 STEM students currently attending Michigan colleges annually into STEM-focused internships throughout Michigan. “Ann Arbor SPARK is thrilled to leverage our decade of experience running our own Ann Arbor-based internship program and take the opportunity to administer the Michigan STEM Forward program on behalf of the state,” said Bill Mayer, Ann Arbor SPARK’s vice president of entrepreneurial services.
How Mother Waddles devoted her life to helping those in need in Detroit
DETROIT – You may know the name Mother Waddles because you’ve heard of the charitable car donation program. But, Mother Waddles is not just a name. The Reverend Charleszetta Waddles devoted her life to providing food, hope and dignity to thousands of the city’s poorest citizens. Now her grandson is on a mission to have the city of Detroit bestow long overdue honor for her years of work. Click here to visit the Mother Waddles website.
Eastern Michigan University to rename College of Engineering and Technology after philanthropic alumni group
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Eastern Michigan University announced it will be renaming its engineering and technology college in recognition of alumni group GameAbove, which has donated a total of $20 million toward student- and faculty-based initiatives over the past 15 months. The GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology name will go into effect on March 1. “The College of Engineering and Technology has a strong reputation. We greatly value GameAbove’s exceptional support of Eastern Michigan University students and faculty.”AdDean of the College of Engineering and Technology, Mohamad Qatu, said the group’s support has helped to “dramatically accelerate” the school’s ability to serve its students. To see the undergraduate and graduate level programs EMU’s College of Engineering and Technology currently offers, click here.
Walgreens partnering with Uber to offer free rides to vaccine appointments
“We know that transportation is an issue, but even more so with COVID-19,” said Rina Shah, group vice president of pharmacy operations at Walgreens. “Through these community partnerships, we’re able to get the word out that not only is it important to get the vaccine (but) when you do schedule appointments, here’s your code for a free ride.”chicagotribune.com
Ann Arbor Community Academy seeking interested candidates for 2021 cohort
ANN ARBOR – The fourth year of the Ann Arbor Community Academy will kick off on March 10, and the program is currently seeking community members interested in participating. Formerly named the Ann Arbor Citizens Academy, the free program offers community members 18 years old or older a broad view of local government. Due to Ann Arbor Public Schools spring break, the academy will not meet on March 31. Graduates from the program have gone onto serve on City Council, the Public Art Commission, the Planning Commission, Water System Advisory Board and more. According to the city of Ann Arbor, preference will be given to city residents over nonresidents depending on program capacity.
Program pays Metro Detroit restaurants to cook meals for people in need
DETROIT – The Detroit Free Press and Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers have teamed up for a program that helps to feed health care workers and local food banks. For the last month, Detroit Free Press has raised money to pay restaurants like Folk Detroit, $20 per meal donated -- as part of their Top 10 Cares program. Aimie Rosner is the Marketing and Events Director at the Detroit Free Press. We’ve, we’ve paid ourselves -- we pay our bills. The Whitmer Administration plans to implement another liquor buyback program for restaurants and bars and partner with Michigan restaurants to allow SNAP benefits for prepared meals.
Delta College program aims to train Flint high school students for careers in water treatment
FLINT, MI -- Delta College is joining the city and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to train high school students for careers in water and wastewater treatment. Delta will provide students with “a clear path” to earning a two-year degree in the water management through the program that is targeting Flint high school students. MLive-The Flint Journal could not immediately reach a Delta spokeswoman for further details on the program Monday. That same year, the EPA issued an emergency order to guide the response to the water crisis and high levels of lead in Flint water. Read more:EPA regional director won’t comment on settling Flint water crisis litigationFederal judge sets Dec. 21 hearing on Flint water crisis settlementBills to allow Flint water crisis settlement could get Senate approval next weekmlive.com
Trump officials see surge in signs ups for free CVS, Walgreens Covid vaccine program for seniors
The Trump administration said Wednesday that it is seeing "tremendous uptake" of a program that will allow CVS Health and Walgreens to administer coronavirus vaccines to seniors in long-term care facilities. The Trump administration first announced the program with CVS and Walgreens in October. There are about 15,000 long-term care facilities as well as an additional 35,000 assisted living facilities in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated. Between 9,000 and 10,000 facilities had already opted into the program by late October, according to U.S. health officials. The program is optional, and the facilities can opt-in to the program through the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network.cnbc.com
UK announces new plan to help workers hit by pandemic
(Victoria Jones/PA via AP)LONDON – Britain’s treasury chief announced a new income support program Thursday for workers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, as the government races to prevent widespread layoffs when earlier employer subsidies end next month. Businesses and labor unions had pressed the government to step in with more direct support for people in precarious work situations. Under a furloughed worker program that expires next month, the government pays 80% of the wages of workers placed on leave. To underscore that his proposals have wide support, Sunak appeared outside his office before delivering his speech, holding a copy of the plan and flanked by representatives of the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress. We’ve already lost 700,000 jobs.”In addition to the wage support program, Sunak said the government will help businesses by extending loan repayment deadlines and loan guarantees provided earlier this year.
National program to help honor students with virtual graduation
National program to help honor students with virtual graduationPublished: May 5, 2020, 4:15 pmThe clock is ticking for middle schools, high schools and colleges to figure out virtual graduation ceremonies amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Michigan announces plan to offer free college to essential workers
Gretchen Whitmer has announced a new program to offer tuition-free pathways to college for essential workers. The "Futures for Frontliners” program aims to provide a tuition-free pathway to college or a technical certificate to essential workers who don’t have a college degree. Whitmer holds coronavirus news briefing“The Futures for Frontliners program is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who have risked their lives on the front lines of this crisis. This program will ensure tuition-free college opportunities and give these dedicated Michiganders an opportunity to earn a technical certificate, associate degree or even a bachelor’s degree,” Governor Whitmer said. “I want to assure all of our workers we will never forget those of you who stepped up and sacrificed their own health during this crisis.