Saint Johns fellow a key player in moving zoning, rebrand, other initiatives forward
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Saint Johns fellow a key player in moving zoning, rebrand, other initiatives forward

When it comes to building strong communities, every person has potential to make a big difference. CEDAM’s Community Development Fellowship places individuals in communities across Michigan that are engaged or certified in Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC). These fellows serve for 15 months across a wide range of projects. The program is managed with support from the...

Using Children’s Savings Accounts for Economic Inclusion: A Q&A with Bonnie Gettys, Rep. Julie Calley and Jessica AcMoody
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Using Children’s Savings Accounts for Economic Inclusion: A Q&A with Bonnie Gettys, Rep. Julie Calley and Jessica AcMoody

At CEDAM, one of our current policy priorities is to secure statewide funding for Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs), which are community-led programs that automatically enroll students in interest-bearing accounts that will grow until they graduate from high school. These programs are designed to improve family financial literacy, boost educational attainment for low-income children, promote post-secondary...

CEDAM AmeriCorps member Suzanne Fenske brings varied experiences and a passion for service to Community Housing Network
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CEDAM AmeriCorps member Suzanne Fenske brings varied experiences and a passion for service to Community Housing Network

Like many things in life, Suzanne Fenske found AmeriCorps when she wasn’t looking for it. She first learned about the program after attending financial education events and classes. The presenter, who was the AmeriCorps manager where she currently serves, told her about the AmeriCorps opportunity — and the rest is history.  Suzanne, who was looking...

Aspirations lost: Youth focused asset-building programs are the key to maintaining hope for the future during a pandemic
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Aspirations lost: Youth focused asset-building programs are the key to maintaining hope for the future during a pandemic

Written by CEDAM’s Madeleine March-Meenagh, junior program evaluation associate and Brian Rakovitis, manager of financial empowerment initiatives COVID-19 has robbed us of our health and economic security; now it seeks to steal our youth’s hope for the future. A recent study shows the pandemic has precipitated an aspirations crisis for youth and young adults. The...

Our future is stronger with Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA)
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Our future is stronger with Children’s Savings Accounts (CSA)

A quick glance at Michigan’s growing CSA field By Brian Rakovitis, manager of financial empowerment initiatives Removing barriers to postsecondary attainment in Michigan provides more opportunities for low- and moderate-income communities, improves the quality of life for residents, and helps combat inequality. Savings play an important role in achieving increased attainment. Studies have found that...

AmeriCorps State members provide resources and hope through SMTMD events
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AmeriCorps State members provide resources and hope through SMTMD events

Across Michigan, 43% of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, technology, health care, and transportation. This data comes from the United Way’s ALICE Report, but CEDAM also hears this anecdotally from members around the state who are working hard to create affordable housing, increase child care options, and train...

Member Spotlight: Lake Trust Foundation Awards More Than $45,000 in Scholarships for Community Impact and Skilled Trades
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Member Spotlight: Lake Trust Foundation Awards More Than $45,000 in Scholarships for Community Impact and Skilled Trades

The Lake Trust Foundation, a CEDAM member, awarded more than $45,000 in scholarships to Michigan residents during its annual scholarship award celebration on September 4, 2019. Lake Trust Foundation President David Snodgrass presented LaToya Wright of Muskegon with a Community Impact Scholarship that rewards an aspiring community-oriented entrepreneur who wishes to run a business with...

Lapeer County Community Foundation Launches Child Savings Account Initiative
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Lapeer County Community Foundation Launches Child Savings Account Initiative

      Lapeer County Community Foundation Launches Child Savings Account Initiative FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lapeer County, Michigan – The Lapeer County Community Foundation (LCCF) is pleased to announce the Lapeer County Education Attainment Fund (LEAF). Beginning this fall, every kindergartener in the county will have an education savings account at ELGA Credit Union. The...