The Truth About Vaping

The number of teens using e-cigarettes and vaping devices has soared. In fact, recent studies show that high school students are using them at a higher rate than adults.

Ypsilanti Skate Park on the Horizon

An infusion of cash, enthusiasm and some cooperation among community entities launched a project to build a new skate park in the Ypsilanti area. In August, the Tony Hawk Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation announced the award of a $250,000 Built to Play grant to build a park in the Ypsilanti area with

Help—There’s an App for That: Teenprenuers Create Crucial App

The people in a teen’s inner circle are often the best resource when a young person is struggling. Knowing how to reach out is a crucial first step. Hannah Lucas is a 15-year-old making a major impact with an app that allows users to ask for help with the touch of a button. Co-created with her 13-year-old brother, Charlie, the notOK app automatically sends a GPS location to up to five pre-selected contacts along with a text message that reads: Hey, I’m not OK. Please call me, text me, or come find me.

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.

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.