Tween Art at EMU

Eastern Michigan University’s teachers of teachers of art Founded as Michigan State Normal School in 1849 Eastern Michigan University is to this day Michigan’s preeminent trainer of K-12 teachers. Eastern’s most impressive area of expertise is in their instruction of teachers of art. An annual highlight is the double exhibition “Dangerous Minds & Exploring Big

Tried-and-true parenting tips for talking to tweens about stress

During my career working with adolescents as director of the University of Michigan’s school-based health center program, a surprisingly common theme among tweens was their intense levels of stress. Unfortunately, many adults tend to blow off the seriousness or validity of tween stress, often considering their problems insignificant. It’s important to remember the changes happening

Girls group inspiration: A conversation with teen Hasna (Nina) Ghalib

Girls Group, an Ann Arbor nonprofit organization, offers support to middle and high school students through programming and mentoring services. The mission of Girls Group is to develop character, leadership, self-confidence and social-consciousness skills in young women. Ann Arbor Family asked the leadership at Girls Group to select one student who displayed outstanding attributes while making

’Tween Art and Heaven at The Riverside Arts Center

Riverside Arts Center Ann Arbor has nothing over scintillating Ypsilanti when it comes to art opportunities for tweens. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Riverside Arts Center (RAC), an ongoing local labor of love, run entirely by volunteers until Director Will Hathaway assumed his post two years ago. Hathaway is something of a

Catching up with our Local Tween Chopped Junior Champion

This past October, local Ann Arborite and Chopped Junior Champion tween, Chef Nicholas Bruzzano, teamed up with his mentor, celebrated local Chef Brandon Johns of Grange Kitchen & Bar to create a deliciously unique farm-to-table four-course treat in Ypsilanti for a good cause: Growing Hope’s Chefs In the Garden Dinner on the Farm. The evening

Tips For The Modern Day Middle Schooler: Keep The Drama On Stage

Hello my fellow Middle School Back-to-Schoolers!  Sophie here, ready to help you tackle any topic and turn those proverbial middle school stumbling blocks into the stepping stones of champs. If you are starting middle school or heading back to middle school, one word that you will hear – and potentially experience – is “drama.” Drama