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Keep Calm and Be Mindful: Mindful Parents and Educators Course Offered at the ‘U School’

Parents and educators would generally agree that there is always room to become more calm, present, and connected when interacting with children. Charlie Sutherland, preschool educator at the U School in Ann Arbor, has worked as an educator for 16 years. While Sutherland was working as a high school English teacher he became overwhelmed, overstimulated by all of the expectations and constant transitions in the school environment.

The Fuller Cut Barbershop Literacy Program: A Lesson in Community Education

The Fuller Cut Barbershop is deep local. This section of Ecorse Street in Ypsilanti doesn’t have a sign, so if you could miss it. But lack of signage doesn’t impact this thriving family-owned business. The waiting room is full of customers, many of them black boys, patiently awaiting their frohawks and high skin fades with curly tops. Reading is a trend among this clientele, thanks to Alex Fuller.

Youth Arts Alliance: Creative Healing for Troubled Youth

YAA offers creative workshops in a myriad of artistic disciplines including creative writing, theater, movement, visual art, music, animation, fiber, mosaic, Shakespeare, printmaking, video game development, horticulture and expressive arts. These workshops are facilitated by local artists who are hired and trained by YAA in trauma-informed arts practices.

Work of Love: Special Needs Ministry at Saline’s Keystone Church

For many families it is important to find a church that not only welcomes families with children of all abilities, but also provides one on one services to support their child’s needs. Keystone Church in Saline is unique as the church has a ministry that focuses on supporting families and children with special needs. Pastor Ken Gilmore and his wife Diane summed up the Keystone Church ministry as a “work of love”.