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Scarlett Summer Music Academy

Michigan Kids is a series of solutions-focused stories and profiles about the programs and people that are positively impacting the lives of children. The series is produced by Michigan Nightlight and is made possible with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation


Ann Arbor STEAM @ Northside Elementary Students at the STEAM Lab

Full STEAM ahead for Ann Arbor's Northside Elementary

After years of dwindling enrollment, Ann Arbor's Northside Elementary School fully embraced the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) integrated learning. The result has been a dramatic upswing in student admissions and performance. So much so that the school is expanding to a K-8 curriculum in 2016.

Zach Wigal at the Gamers Outreach warehouse

Healing through Xbox: Locally-launched non-profit gives games to sick kids nationwide

Talk about the law of unintended consequences. In 2007, a local police officer shut down a Saline high school Halo tournament, claiming video games corrupted the minds of teens. That one misguided complaint ended up inspiring Gamers Outreach, a growing nonprofit that provides video games to children's hospitals across the country.

Agrarian Adventure at Tappan Middle School

Agrarian Adventure: Bringing the farm to the classroom

…Or How Kids Learned To Stop Hating Veggies and Love Kohlrabi. Agrarian Adventure brings educational programs to a dozen different Ann Arbor area schools, helping kids better understand where their food comes from and even how to grow their own.

Deborah Katz conducting the Scarlett Summer Music Academy

Keeping music education within reach

Taking the summer off can mean a loss of ability for young musicians. But not everyone can afford to have their parents send them to band camp. Longtime Ann Arbor teacher Deborah Katz established the Scarlett Summer Music Academy to make music education available to kids who might miss out.

Jennifer Salerno

Sex, Drugs and Eating Disorders: Data-Driven Solutions to Risky Teen Behavior

The bad news is that eating disorders, carrying a weapon and unsafe sex is on the rise in Michigan teens. The good news is that wellness reporting and healthcare counseling reduce those numbers. How do we know this? From the innovative risk assessment interviews that are employed by U-M spin-out RAPPS.
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826Michigan: Harnessing Robot & Volunteer Power

Last week, Concentrate's speaker event asked 826Michigan's executive director Amanda Uhle how her organization attracts and activates so many volunteers and what a robot repair store has to do with teaching kids to write. If you missed the event you can still learn the answers in our video.
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