Category: Community Written by News One
In the wake of the George Zimmerman trial verdict, the #YourLifeMatters campaign was created with young Black men in mind. We need to communicate to them that their lives are valuable and that they have the right to live, love, walk and be free.
Initiated by a series of video affirmations, #YourLifeMatters will join together politicians, celebrities and influential men & women of faith with parents, brothers, sisters, and teachers of all kinds to deliver an unyielding message of support and commitment to young men of color.
The goal of #YourLifeMatters is to create the rallying cry for all those committed to improving the world we live in …
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1: LIKE & SHARE the “Your Life Matters” FB Page
2: Post messages of affirmation on Facebook, Twitter, etc. using #yourlifematters
3: Upload inspiring photos of men of color using #yourlifematters
4: Record a video testimony on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc. using #yourlifematters
See Reverend Al Sharpton’s launch message below:
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 11:13
Campus Martius: Free Downtown Music And Entertainment Celebrations Continue With 4th Fridays In The Park
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
This month's headliner for 4th Fridays in the Park, presented by Compuware, will be award-winning Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch.
Thousand Foot Krutch has received international recognition as a secular rock band and as a Christian rock band since its inception in 1995. They have released eight albums, the most recent being The End is Where We Begin. The band has sold more than half a million albums since October 2007, and have been nominated for several awards, including five Juno Awards.
Opening the show will be the four-piece Ann Arbor rock group,Taproot
Fourth Fridays in the Park takes place at Campus Martius Park (CMP) on the fourth Fridays and Saturdays of the month throughout the summer. It is part of the Summer in the Park series, presented by Compuware. The Summer in the Park series includes activities, shopping and entertainment for free throughout the summer in Campus Martius Park/Cadillac Square, Capital Park, Grand Circus Park, and Paradise Valley Beatrice Buck Park.
Originally started as a monthly downtown music celebration at CMP, 4th Fridays in the Park have now expanded to include a marketplace for artisan food and goods vendors. This year's 4th Fridays in the Park will now carry over into Saturdays as well, with kids' activities, movies and more music.
"Fourth Fridays in the Park has become a much anticipated event," says Summer in the Park Programming and Special Events Director, Njia Kai. "It's all about continuing to build on the social, cultural and economic revitalization of downtown."
August's headliner will be The Wailers.
Friday July 26, 2013
12:00 p-2:00p JC Heard Jazz Week @ Wayne
5:30p-6:30p Steffanie Christi'an
9:00p-10:30p Thousand Foot Krutch
Presented by 89X
Saturday, July 27, 2013
2:00p-2:45p Heritage Works
3:00p-4:00p Arts and Scraps Mobile
8:30 p.m. Faygo Movie Night in the "D": Silver Linings Playbook
For more information about 4th Fridays in the Park and other Summer in the Park 2013 events, visit campusmartiuspark.org.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 08:47
Category: Community Written by Princess Hayes
Jim Giordano, of Livonia, Mich., became board chairman of the St. John Providence Health System Board of Trustees on July 1, 2013. Jim takes over his role as board chairman from Leslie Murphy, whose tenure ended in June 2013 after six years as board chair and seven years of service.
In 2011, Giordano was appointed to the St. John Providence Health System Board of Trustees and has served as chair for the Finance committee. He also serves on the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) board of directors where he provides insight on how technology can benefit public health programs impacting Michigan citizens.
Giordano is president and chief executive officer of CareTech Solutions, Inc., an information technology (IT) and Web products and services provider for more than 200 U.S. hospitals and health systems. Since being named to this position in 2003, Jim has more than doubled the size of the business from a four-state IT outsourcing service to a full-scale information technology partner for hospitals with clients in more than 30 states.
Jim joined CareTech Solutions in 1999 as vice-president and chief financial officer. Before joining CareTech, he spent 13 years with Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), where he was responsible for the financial aspects of the EDS spin-off from General Motors (GM), as well as controller for the EDS Saturn account at GM. Prior to that, he held management and leadership positions with Wang Laboratories and Unisys. He earned an MBA from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Managerial Economics from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:50
Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
The Junior League of Detroit, Inc. (JLD) has made the following grants through its in 2012 and 2013 through its Community Assistance Grants program:
Humble Design received $3,500 to purchase items that could not be secured by donations for homes for 20 families. Living Arts received $1,500 to provide Southwest Dance students opportunities to see professional dance performances and study with guest artists.
Green Living Science received $505 to purchase lessons and supplies to implement a comprehensive recycling program for three schools in Detroit, as well as a complimentary environmental education program.
The Detroit Children's Choir received $1,500 to provide food, including breakfast, lunch and supper, during a day-long event in which the Detroit Children's Choir children will take part in a unique opportunity to be involved in the Singers of United Lands Program.
Magic Carpet Theatre received $2,000 to provide funding to cover costumes/props and sound expenses for 10 assemblies at Detroit Public Schools which promote literacy by bringing top quality literature to life with interactive readers' theater style.
PuppetART Theater received $1,100 to cover one performance, museum tour, and puppet making workshop for 70 students, teachers and chaperones.
Christ Child House received $2,000 to cover the skill development outings and in-house learning activities part of the Life Skills program.
Westside Cultural & Athletic Club received $4,000 to cover costs for their six-week summer Paving the Way program, including admissions to the Science Center and African American Museum; roller skating; bowling; supplies for first aid; educational table games; journals; arts and crafts; healthy snacks and field trip lunches and t-shirts for participants.
Jefferson East Business Association received $5,000 for program supplies, contractual artists, rental equipment and other costs associated with the Kidz Zone at the Jazzin' on Jefferson 2013 which took place on June 15.
Pewabic Society, Inc. received $1,500.
Grant funds used for funding to purchase materials for their Pediatric Art - Fun with Clay program.
Detroit Sharks Youth Organization received $5,000 to purchase helmets and chin straps for a new youth football program in the Osborn Community on the east side.
Arts & Scraps received $2,960 to provide training and eight kits to each of seven centers operated by the Detroit Recreation Department in the 2013 summer session.
Barnabas Inc. received $2,000 to purchase woodworking supplies and equipment for their Mentoring and Lifeskills Program.
And the Mercy Education Project received $2,750 to purchase a laptop security cart for use in its Tutorial and Academic Support programs.
"We are proud to be able to support so many great local non-profits who are focused on providing valuable services for our community's families," said Therese Bellaimey, JLD president. "The Community Assistance Grants allow the JLD to extend our helping hand even further into the community, gain some wonderful partners and continue providing opportunities for deserving kids and their parents."
The Junior League of Detroit distributes grants through its Community Assistance Grants program on a quarterly basis. Eligible organizations must have an office(s) in Wayne County and provide services within Wayne County, or have 75 percent of their clients residing in Wayne County and must provide services to improve the health and welfare of children. The Community Assistance Grant Application can be downloaded from the Junior League of Detroit website, www.jldetroit.org. Funding guidelines are detailed in the Community Assistance Grant Application.
The JLD's Community Assistance Grants program supports the JLD's efforts to participate in community-basted collaborative partnerships that work to broaden the educational, cultural, recreational, and health opportunities for children living in Wayne county and promote volunteerism.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:45
Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
Dr. Karen White (from left), principal of Harms Elementary; Melody Rose Andino, student with winning entry; Yazmine Cirne, student with winning entry (co-winner with Andino); Illya Tolbert, Detroit Goodfellows Teacher of the Year 2013; and Therese R. Yglesias first vice president of Detroit Goodfellows.
Illya Tolbert, an art teacher at Harms Elementary School, was recently honored by the Detroit Goodfellows as the winner of the fourth annual Goodfellow Teacher of the Year Contest. Board members surprised Tolbert, who has taught at Harms for 14 years, at a school assembly with the news and presented him with a $200 gift card to buy classroom supplies. He'll also be acknowledged at the Detroit Goodfellows Annual Tribute Breakfast this fall.
Detroit Public Schools students in third through eighth grade nominate their favorite teachers by answering the question "Why is your teacher so special?" in 50 words or less. The Goodfellows Board of Directors then selects the winning teacher.
This year, there were more than 800 submissions. Tolbert received 18 nominations.
This year two 10-year-old Harms Elementary students, third grader Yazmine Cirne and fifth grader Melody Rose Andino, have been acknowledged with winning entries.
"My teacher is so special because he teaches art," Cirne wrote. "Mr. Tolbert is so special because he smells like fresh almonds. He is creative which I like about him. He is very smart in art. I also appreciate Mr. Tolbert because he spends all his money to buy art supplies to make some clay masks and other projects. Another thing that makes Mr. Tolbert so special to me is that he is not mean to me when I mess up in class. That's why Mr. Tolbert is so special to me!!! (plus a smiley face)"
"My favorite teacher is Mr. Tolbert," Andino wrote. "He is very creative. His paintings are better than the Mona Lisa. His jokes are very funny. He also works very hard to make everyone smile. He also solves all your problems to make you happy."
The Goodfellow Teacher of the Year contest is the Detroit Goodfellows' way of demonstrating its gratitude to Detroit Public School administrators, teachers and support staff who work diligently to identify students in need of its holiday gift packages.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 16:48
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