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Muskegon adventure park showcases accessible recreation

Muskegon Luge and Adventure Sports Park, located in Muskegon State Park, offers accessible recreation activities such as zip lining, archery, luge, rock climbing, and more.

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DNSWM launches #DWord Campaign during Disability Pride Month

Disability Network Southwest Michigan (DNSWM) has launched the #DWord campaign, aiming to reshape cultural perceptions of the word "disability."

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How Hunt 2 Heal provides free, accessible opportunity to spend time outdoors

Carson Nyenhuis started Hunt 2 Heal to provide an accessible outdoor experience for others after being outdoors helped him recover from a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

Longform Amy Nichols, campus coordinator for the Region IV Area Agency on Aging, at the Campus for Creative Aging's booth in the South Haven Art Fair. She shows an example of the Window to Our World art project for care partners.

Campus for Creative Aging helps Southwest Michigan seniors find purpose after retirement

Since 2017, the Campus for Creative Aging has been offering a variety of innovative opportunities for older adults in Berrien, Van Buren, and Cass counties – and helping younger residents understand and respect their older neighbors.

Feature Story Pat ApPaul's latest work is "Soverign," a photo zine and ArtPrize entry documenting drag in Muskegon.

Photographer explores Muskegon’s drag community for zine, ArtPrize project

Photographer Pat ApPaul’s latest project explores Muskegon’s drag community. He has a Kickstarter to fund a zine with this work and has received a grant to exhibit it in ArtPrize.

Feature Story Rapid Growth Publisher Tommy Allen welcomes students at Lee High School to Voices of Youth.

Voices of Youth: Listening to the issues facing Grand Rapids teens in 2024

Through Voices of Youth, Kent County teens explore modern issues, from bullying to the pandemic, that affect them through Rapid Growth's journalism workshops.

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Voices of Youth: Are schools doing enough to address bullying?

A 2019 survey taken of high school students in Michigan showed that over 20% of get bullied. “Matt's Law,” which became law in 2011 and has been updated since then, requires schools to have a bullying policy in place and to report bullying incidents.   

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KDL’s wide offerings include understanding AI, career development, and fun

Kent District Library’s event offerings help patrons navigate the evolving digital landscape. There’s some free resources from streaming services to free classes. 

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Tech Council marks decade of growth for West Michigan's tech sector

A decade after its creation, the Tech Council boasts over 70 members and a vision to make Greater Grand Rapids a major tech hub in the Midwest. 

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How 10 Cents a Meal brings healthy food to more Michigan kids

The Michigan program supplements the food service programs’ budgets for fresh produce, encouraging a greater menu variety and healthier eating habits for kids statewide. 

Partner Content OUCARES day camps create a space where autistic kids don’t feel judged, gain some independence from parents, and interact with peers.

Summertime is “a time of possibilities” and challenges for autistic kids and adults

Summer break creates opportunities for fun and family adventures along with the challenges of changing routines.

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How public health cares for Michigan's infants and new parents

Michigan’s state and local public health systems make great efforts to ensure that expectant mothers and infants get the best start possible.

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Michigan coalition works to address health disparities for older adults

A broad coalition of Michigan organizations has come together to address health disparities that affect Michigan's rapidly growing population of older adults.

Longform Micah 6 is repurposing Webster Elementary, vacant since 2008, into a multi-purpose community center.

Repurposing community assets strengthens communities in Pontiac and Detroit

Michigan communities are repurposing spaces to bring services, create meeting places, and meet the many needs of neighborhood residents.

Feature Story According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students who participate in extracurricular activities are 20% more likely to earn a bachelor's degree or higher compared to their non-participating peers.

Voices of Youth: How Kent County students can grow outside the classroom

Research has shown that extracurricular activities are crucial in a scholar's development.

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