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Heartside Gleaning Initiative: Cultivating community through good food

Submitted 04-04-2017 under NONPROFITS

Learn about the efforts of Heartside Gleaning Initiative and its impact on the Grand Rapids community and how you can get involved in our upcoming events.

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Safe and Supported program offers free therapy for LGBTQ youth

Submitted 04-04-2017 under NEWS

Grand Rapids Pride Center and Arbor Circle introduce the Safe and Supported Program, which offers free therapy and counseling for LGBTQ youth.

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Updated: City Connection: Rapidian staff and contributors to highlight Spring Fund Drive

Submitted 04-03-2017 under NEWS

This special episode of City Connection will focus on The Rapidian Spring Fund Drive, which will be held April 10-17, 2017.

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Students explore hip-hop as 'something that you live'

Submitted 03-30-2017 under NEWS

Hip-hop is more than a musical style -- it's a lifestyle, and a positive one for personal and community development. So say Matthew Duncan, aka Monk Mattheus, and other Grand Rapids hip-hop artists leading an after-school program at Ottawa Hills High School.

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When grown men point loaded weapons at 12-year-old boys, none of us should sleep well at night

Submitted 03-29-2017 under OPINION

If we as a city are to truly fight racism, we must measure the impact, not the intent, of city-sponsored grown men who pointed loaded guns at 12-year-old boys.

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Grand Rapids Maker Faire encourages local makers to sign up to showcase projects

Submitted 03-28-2017 under NONPROFITS

Maker Faire is looking for participants who enjoy tinkering, hacking, building and designing new technology-based inventions.

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Rising GRPS grad rates 'a community effort'

Submitted 03-24-2017 under NEWS

A nearly 50 percent improvement in the graduation rate of Grand Rapids Public Schools students reflects the commitment of community and parents as well as teachers and students, says Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal. She is confident the district will surpass state averages in time.

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How far will we go to prioritize equity in Grand Rapids?

Submitted 03-24-2017 under OPINION

In a city with a history of systemic bias, how do we build trust? Trust will be a process, but we as citizens can take our leadership seriously when they say no to money with strings attached in the interest of not leaving anyone behind.

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Faces of the Grand Rapids housing crisis: Chanae Jackson

Submitted 03-24-2017 under NEWS

In this five part series, residents of the greater Grand Rapids area share their personal stories of housing insecurity and homelessness. Part 5.

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Experts from Rose Center for Public Leadership make case for equity in development

Submitted 03-23-2017 under NEWS

A panel of experts presented findings to city staff, development leaders and community members on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at City Hall focusing on one key issue: why equity is an investment.

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