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Melvin Thomas

Winning the right to be heard: Melvin Thomas poised to engage youth in urban classrooms

Davenport University’s Master of Urban Education trains teachers on the specific needs of the urban classroom. After eight years of counseling students, Melvin Thomas will attend the program to learn how to mentor youth in more profound ways.

middlemarket

Are you the "missing middle?" Local developers get creative in housing's most neglected sector

As housing costs rise, the dreaded "missing middle" sector dries up. See what several West Michigan developers and individuals are doing to house this bracket.

RG Cone Apetite

Fighting to end human trafficking, one scoop at a time

With flavors like Almond ‘Bout that Base' and Join the MoveMINT, Cone Appétit couples a joyful treat with a mission to end human trafficking.

Matthew Clayson

Game over: Enough excuses from Detroit to Grand Rapids

This Rapid Blog comes to us from Matt Clayson, who leads, launches, and scales outcome driven organizations and initiatives. Clayson explores bottom-up solutions for communities across the state, including coming together to solve common problems.

heartside

Can Grand Rapids end homelessness?: Part 3, A destination city for homelessness

Because supply meets demand, GR has became a destination for homelessness. How can nonprofits and the community work together to provide the services and care that will redefine our city?
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