A Day of Service, Community and Celebration

Teens and tweens will enjoy a school holiday on January 15 to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Opportunities abound to join family, friends and neighbors in a day of service and celebration, providing an impetus to discuss social justice.

Advice from tween Zollipops founder Alina Morse

As a 7 year old, Alina Morse visited a bank with her father, Tom. The bank teller offered her a lollipop but her dad explained that she should decline because lollipops were not good for her teeth. “Dad, why can’t we make a lollipop that is good for your teeth?” Morse questioned. That experience inspired

Ele’s Place— A Healing Center for Children and Teens

Ele’s Place is a nonprofit community-based organization in Ann Arbor dedicated to creating awareness and support for grieving children and their families. One in 20 children will experience the death of a parent before they graduate from high school, while many more will experience the death of a sibling, grandparent, friend, or other significant person.

TRAILS brings effective mental health practices to school

The new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, based on a novel about teen suicide, has raised awareness of teen mental health to the level of national discussion. Everyday pressures and mental health concerns are a challenge for teens; but how can parents and adults help? The locally developed TRAILS Program (Transforming Research into Action to Improve

A New Era for Ann Arbor Youth Writers with The Neutral Zone

For the young voices in Ann Arbor’s dynamic literary arts community, the Neutral Zone has reached a defining moment. After 18 years as founder and director of the NZ’s highly successful and nationally influential literary arts program, Jeff Kass (now the assignment editor at Current)  is relinquishing the reins to Molly Raynor, a former student

Summer Fun With Your Teen

Baseball Toledo Mud Hens Minor League Baseball team affiliated with the Detroit Tigers. The Mud Hens offer promotions and themes for every game that include Postgame Fireworks and Sunday Funday with Kids. Fifth Third Field 406 Washington St., Toledo, Ohio Distance from A2: 53 miles (50 minutes) Tickets: $12 TEENS: School Day Celebration on Thursday,

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