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Young people speak up about blight in their neighborhoods

Young people speak up about abandoned buildings and urban decay in their communities by writing letters to Grand Rapids Mayor Heartwell.
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We've all seen crumbling buildings and houses in our neighborhoods. We walk by these decaying relics every day. Abandoned homes and blight affect everything in our communities—it affects property values and investments but, even more than that, it affects the way we feel about our neighborhoods.

It isn't just adults that care about these things: young people are passionate about their neighborhoods, too.

Recently, a group of young people wrote letters to the Mayor of Grand Rapids about abandoned buildings on the Southeast side. They are a part of a youth engagement program with one of our partners, Oakdale Neighbors. They wrote and sent out heartfelt letters asking for the Mayor to address this issue in their community.

It is inspiring to see their passion for their community, and their words can be a lesson to all of us. Take a look at Keyshara and Betsaida's words, and get motivated to get involved in your city and speak up on issues that affect you today!

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