The University of Michigan and Harvard University are forming two new partnerships designed to spur economic mobility and reduce poverty in Detroit, as well as combine resources and expertise in response to the national opioid crisis.
To help Detroit leaders better craft programs and policies that respond to community needs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded $761,000 to help University of Michigan researchers collect and report Detroit residents' opinions on the city's most pressing and interesting policy issues.
Children need stability to thrive, studies show, but for the more than 36,000 children in Michigan's elementary, middle and high schools who face homelessness and housing insecurity, stability is often elusive.
Kenneth Gavin's memories of Benton Harbor in the 1970s include the good and the bad — particularly, the fond 1978 recollection of joining the church he would one day pastor.
They also include something more ominous: the opening of The Orchards Mall in Benton Township just a year later.
The University of Michigan and the city of Detroit are joining forces to boost economic mobility and break the cycle of poverty in Detroit.
Under the four-year agreement, U-M will provide up to $500,000 in resources each year to support action-based partnerships that pair U-M experts with city leaders.
New partnerships, programs to boost job opportunities, and raising public awareness about low-income families highlight the University of Michigan's first-year initiative to prevent and alleviate poverty.
The University of Michigan is seeking temporary positions in units across campus for its summer employment program that pairs youth with faculty and staff to help them gain work experience, mentorship and life skills training.
A new map that streamlines an overwhelming amount of poverty and well-being data will make it easier to understand what's happening in counties across Michigan.
Inside Maggie's Marketplace, the food pantry for Michigan Medicine's Ypsilanti Health Center, Alexandrie Lintz-Suarez hands a paper bag to a woman and her 13-year-old granddaughter.
The University of Michigan will pilot a summer employment program to pair economically disadvantaged youth with faculty and staff to help them gain work experience, mentorship and life skills training.
One project involves alerting low-income homeowners about an exemption to reduce their high property taxes. Another effort employs health care workers in neighborhoods to help residents take better care of themselves.
President Mark Schlissel and national poverty expert H. Luke Shaefer will lead a live video conversation on U-M's Facebook page about the newly created Poverty Solutions at 1:15 p.m. today.
Declaring the University of Michigan has "the talent to advance excellence and achieve impact at levels befitting both our legacy and our potential," President Mark Schlissel on Wednesday outlined initiatives that target issues ranging from poverty to academic innovation, and from sustainability to diversity.
The university has launched a new initiative to address one of humanity's most critical and seemingly intractable problems: poverty.