Positive youth development programs lead to healthier communities

DAVISON, Mich. — According to a 2011 study, developing a culture of learning based in acts of service, both individual and collective, contributes to the formation of a more cohesive and peaceful community. In many communities, youth have taken the initiative to start programs that focus on the education of junior youth, who are between the ages of 11 and 14, in order to better serve their communities and create bonds of friendship between program participants. According to a 2004 study from The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, programs that work to empower all youth rather than simply focusing on those deemed “at-risk” are more effective at preventing problem behavior, promoting social competence, building healthy relationships and fostering spirituality. One example of a program that engages in positive youth development is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program (JYSEP).

Does the ‘New Detroit’ have room for native Detroiters?

DETROIT — On a cloudy Sunday afternoon, Janet Webster Jones, a lifelong Detroiter and owner of Source Booksellers, recalls a time when black Detroit residents were unable to invest in their own city. “Detroit went through a period where outside investors would not come to Detroit for reasons of race and fear of a place where people don’t look like them,” explained Jones. “And the banks wouldn’t give any money to the black and brown Detroiters who wanted to invest in the city.”

Jones felt that this had to do with representation in the bank system. “There was a time when we had absolutely no bank tellers of color,” she recalled. “Then Dr. Charles H. Wright went on a campaign to get banks to hire black people as tellers at least, which is the lowest level of employment.”

However, despite the adversities faced by blacks in Detroit, many still managed to create independent communities.

Small business means big responsibility: how one “millennipreneur” juggles his roles

DETROIT — Weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Joe Murphy is the district digital manager at General Motors. He buttons up his shirt, slips on a tie and leaves his downtown Detroit apartment, heading into the office. After his work day ends, he moves full-time into his position as founder of David Vintage. His company’s website reads, “Haute couture streetwear created in Detroit.” Murphy is a member of Generation Y, which, according to a report from BNP Paribas, is responsible for an increased number of companies.

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Instagram “more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol” according to UK study

If you ask a millennial, what is the first thing they do when they wake up and the last thing they do before falling asleep, odds are they’ll say, “checking social media.”

Social media has increasingly become non-negotiable in the lives of countless youth who depend on sites like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram for keeping them updated on news, social events, sports, trends and more. In addition to being a one-stop-shop for all social needs, these sites can also have detrimental mental health effects on users. Depression, low self-esteem, sleeplessness and narcissism have all been linked to various social media sites. The worst of the bunch, however, is fan favorite, Instagram. In a 2017 study conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), five social media platforms were ranked in order of most positive to most negative.

Border of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park reflects gap, tensions between city and suburbs

DETROIT — Christine Matthews and Marlon Wilson have lived near the border of Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit almost their entire lives. Both in their 40s, they describe a Detroit unimaginable to many due to the recent fall of the city. “It was very diverse in the beginning. You had a lot more togetherness,” explained Matthews. Matthews is a 47-year-old homemaker and has lived in her childhood Detroit home since 1971, apart from a short period of time living out of state.

Suburban Detroit alternative school strives to break stereotypes

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — A suburban Detroit alternative school is pushing boundaries and blowing the doors off of traditional ideas regarding alternative education, according to its principal, Taylor Chapman. The Avondale Academy has been considered the black sheep of the district, known as the “dumping ground” for Auburn Hills’ main public high school, Avondale High School. Over the years, Chapman and other staff members have worked hard to polish and refine the institution, making it a desirable learning environment for students and families alike. Recently, the Academy has implemented many changes in hopes of better serving their student population.

Cold-pressed juicing trend makes its way to Michigan

DETROIT — Gen-X consumers have shown a considerable interest in healthy eating, according to a USA Today survey. Young consumers are more conscious of food ingredients, GMOs and whether or not their food is organic than their older counterparts. As a result, fast food businesses are on the decline and alternative quick-yet-healthier options are rising, even in the Detroit area. One oldie-but-goodie trend in the health food sphere that continues to flourish is juicing. In the past, cold-pressed juice was mostly limited to urban, trendy cities in the U.S. However, today it is a common pick-me-up for the average middle-class working man or woman due to its increasing popularity and availability.

Residents fear new Whole Foods store will cause “havoc” in suburban Detroit neighborhood

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — A brand-new Whole Foods store in this Detroit suburb is slated to open in October 2017. The new store is replacing an older and much smaller Whole Foods that was located in Troy. The just-built 46,000 square-feet store is almost double the size of the previous location. In an announcement released by Whole Foods, Midwest regional president Michael Bashaw commented on the new store: “Now we have the opportunity to improve our service to our customers with a larger store with a much larger selection.”

This larger selection will include a juice bar, more ready-to-eat meals, seafood smoked and bacon made on-site as well as a bakery preparing fresh bread and pastries.

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Mixed feelings over Detroit’s new $187 million streetcar

DETROIT — The Motor City’s latest streetcar, the QLine, had its grand opening on May 12, 2017. It was the first time a streetcar rolled down the streets of Downtown in 61 years. Spectators from the city and suburbs alike made their way to the city to be the first to ride the trolley along its 6.6-mile loop. The excitement was shared by Detroit sports teams such as the Pistons, Tigers and Red Wings, who sent representatives to the event. There were giveaways, deals, and musical acts present to entertain the 8,300 trolley-goers.