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My turnaround: A VOICES essay in overcoming challenges in learning

Que’Anna Jackson struggled to find her place in school, often preferring popularity over studying. But her siblings, as well as the Challenge Scholars Program, inspired her that she could do better. This is her story, from her perspective.

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Once we were just a meadow next to the river: Oprah gets it right about GR and open dialogue

After Oprah comes to Grand Rapids for CBS' 60 Minutes, Publisher Tommy Allen reflects on the importance of community dialogue in an era of Facebook.

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Building Grand Rapids: Part 2, growing and greening

Like many American cities that struggled to save their downtowns in the ‘60s, Grand Rapids’ fling with Urban Renewal did little to restore its place as a thriving destination. But with thoughtful and intentional investment, GR's buildings began and continue to rise to the occasion.

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Neighborhoods of GR: All in a day's work downtown

Young professionals, service and government workers, students. There's no comparison to the variety and diversity of working downtown GR. This installment comes to us from former Innovation and Jobs Editor John Rumery, who give us a taste of his perspective working downtown GR.

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The 24/7 Crusade: One woman's fight to end human trafficking in Grand Rapids

Leslie King spent 20 years being sexually trafficked here in Grand Rapids. But her story isn't over. Seeking to help other women escape lives of prostitution, King formed Sacred Beginnings, the city's first survivor-led 24-hour victim advocacy center.

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Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?: Part 2, Not all who wander are homeless

According to both clients and business owners, many of the individuals who congregate and use services in Heartside aren’t homeless at all. Part 2 of the homelessness series explores the stigma around the transient residents of the neighborhood and the complex issues they face.

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RapidChat: Gayle DeBruyn on sustainability from an educator's perspective

Associate Professor at Kendall College of Art and Design Gayle DeBruyn has a knack for design, but a passion for sustainability. As the college's Sustainability Officer, DeBruyn emphasizes the importance of leading by example. "It’s not just about environmental. Sustainability isn’t just about recycling. It’s social and it’s economic."

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UIX: Turning trash into money is going to take a community effort

Millions of dollars are being thrown away every year, in the form of waste left at the local landfill. It's a revenue stream that some are managing to take advantage of, and Kent County is hoping others take notice.

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Rapid Blog: HQ and Atomic Object band together to fight youth homelessness

When it comes to youth homelessness, the fight can seem endless. But when community members band together, transformational change can begin. In this Rapid Blog, HQ and Atomic Object break down their unique partnership and their hopes for the future.

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The STEMinista Project introduces girls to the wonders (and comradery) of science

Started as a way to close the STEM gender gap, the project is designed for girls from fourth to eighth grade and offers special opportunities that encourage them to learn about STEM and get involved in STEM-related activities.

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Ottawa County Parks paves way for 35-mile pathway from lakeshore to Grand Rapids

After decades of planning and buying property, Ottawa County Parks’ Grand River Greenway is starting to gain real momentum. Though still several years from completion, backers can’t wait for the day residents and visitors can explore this 35-mile pathway and many waterfront parks and destinations along the way.

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Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?: Best practices and local challenges to a nationwide issue

Everyone has a different stake in “solving” the issue of homelessness in Grand Rapids. But does anyone have an accurate picture of the issue—and who we’re actually talking about when we refer to Grand Rapids’ “homeless” population? In the first of a three-part series, RG dives into homelessness in our community, exploring the complexities, discussing best practices, and defining the housing first model.

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Nuns disarming the world: Two Dominicans with Grand Rapids roots help win Nobel Peace Prize

Sister Carol Gilbert, OP and Sister Ardeth Platte, OP of the Grand Rapids Dominicans have dedicated their lives through nuclear disarmament and recently contributed to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)'s win of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Eat your heart out! 8 new Grand Rapids restaurants to check out in 2018

Whether it’s a second location, a new iteration, or a new concept entirely, Grand Rapids foodies have a lot to look forward to in 2018. From the recently opened Westside Social Tavern to the promise of Gaia’s triumphant return, here’s a small taste of some big flavors coming to Grand Rapids this year.

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RapidChat: Heather Colletto

Over the years we've been conditioned to only share the highlight reels of our life on social media; We don’t show each other the framework behind the success. "But each of those stories is a series of months—even years—of self doubt, anger, and so on." reflects Heather Colletto, Founder of ServeGR, who recently shared her very own story of Context with CreativeMornings GR.
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