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How you can help Struggling Youth
Thank you Team Growth Works for an informational session and discussion on "how you can help a struggling youth".
 
When a child is acting out, showing signs of at-risk behavior, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, where can a parent turn?
 
For Wayne Country residents, they can turn to the Youth Assistance and Diversion Program - a service of Growth Works.
 
The Lunch & Learn sessions hosted by Local Impact Alliance are a great community resource in bringing people together and gather information.
If you have topic which you know would be good topic for discussion or you know of a speaker who would like to apeak on a topic which affects and connects community, please reach out to B Meade at 734-495-1200.
 
Learn more about Lunch & Learn
 
Learn more about Growth Works
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How You Can Help Struggling Youth - Growth Works

A parents', grandparents', teachers' and counselors' introduction to local program for at-risk youth

 

When a child is acting out, showing signs of at-risk behavior, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, where can a parent turn? For Wayne Country residents, they can turn to the Youth Assistance and Diversion Program - a service of Growth Works.

This unique program provides an opportunity for a child to improve decision-making, take responsibility for their actions, and gain tools to navigate life.

The Growth Works team works with youth ages 11-17.5 to support young people and their families. The goal is to be a positive adult figure and meet each kid where they're at. The team members feel this is an opportunity to plant seeds for future growth.

Whether you're a parent, teacher, counselor or concerned citizen, we invite you to join us the EVENING of February 13 to learn more about how we can help our young people be the best version of themselves.

About Our Speakers ...

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Laura Reiners

Growth Works Community Relations Director

Laura is responsible for sharing the mission and services of Growth Works to communities across Western Wayne County. She works collaboratively with nonprofits, school districts, municipalities and other community organizations to support youth and families in need.

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Tiffany Borchardt-Mills - Client Services Supervisor

Tiffany oversees all of the day-to-day management of the Youth Assistance Program, working with her team to coordinate services. She has been instrumental in the growth of the program over the past five years, bringing these services to youth and families across Western Wayne County.

 

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Shannon Williams - YAP Coordinator

Shannon is often the first person youth and families interact with as they enter the Youth Assistance Program. She coordinates and conducts all assessments to determine eligibility for the program; and ensure youth and families are a good fit.

 

Details:

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 - 6:00-7:00 PM

Canton Township Administration Building

1150 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton

Lower Level - Meeting Room E

(online Zoom option is also available)

This is a FREE event, but we ask that you register.

Seating is limited to 32 guests.

Click Here to Register

 

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A great community resource
The Lunch & Learn series hosted by Local Impact Alliance has been a great success in local community. The January topic "The Green Burial" was offered completely online and was well received and attended.
 
The community outreach committee of Local Impact Alliance handpicks the topics, speakers and venue to bring important topics for discussion in the local community.
 
It is great way to foster community and start dialogue in a very relaxed and open atmosphere. If you have any topic in mind or a speaker who would be great to listen to please reach out to Beth Meade at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Here is the winter line up of topics:
 
#February: Growth Works - A Parent's Guide to Building Teen Life Skills
#March: Plymouth Canton Community Literacy Council - Integrating Adult English Language Learners Into the community
#April: Michigan Library Association - Protecting Access to Books through the Michigan Right to Read Initiative
 
You can get information about upcoming topic, date, venue or watch recordings of previous topics: Lunch & Learn
 
The recording for Green Burial lunch & learn - Eco Burial Lunch & Learn (passcode - 8Es1@nGC)
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Eco-Burial - Lunch & Learn

Eco-Burial Gives Michigan Residents Lower Cost, Environmentally Friendly Option

The way we live impacts the world. So does the way we die. It isn't death that creates ecological problems, but rather the processes for dealing with our deceased.

Each year, in burying the deceased, Americans use:

  •   20 million feet of wood
  •   4.3 million gallons of embalming fluids
  •   1.6 million gallons of reinforced concrete
  •   17,000 tons of copper and bronze
  •   64,500 tons of steel

Although cremations have the reputation as being an eco-friendly option, they tend to have an extra-large carbon footprint. Each year in the U.S., cremations release over 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere - the equivalent of burning over 30 million gallons of gas. And that doesn't even include the mercury from burning dental fillings.

But there are greener ways. Natural (or "green") burial is one of them. A green burial is one that encourages the natural process of decomposition. That means no embalming, no non-biodegradable caskets and no burial vaults. Conservation burial takes it one step further and combines land conservation with natural burial.

Details:

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 11:30-12:30 pm

EXCLUSIVELY ON ZOOM

This is a FREE event, however, we ask that you register.

This event is part of the Local Impact Alliance's "Lunch & Learn" program.

Bring your lunch and feed your mind.

About our Speakers

EcoburialPeter and Annica Quakenbush live in Grand Rapids and founded Michigan Burial, LLC.

Peter Quakenbush is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University. Annica is a birth doula and photographer.

Together they are working to establish Michigan's first conservation burial ground.

 

 

Click here to register

4 Great Topics to Start 2024

  1. January: Green Burial Gains Traction
  2. February: Growth Works - A Parent's Guide to Building Teen Life Skills
  3. March: Plymouth Canton Community Literacy Council - Integrating Adult English Language Learners Into the Community
  4. April: Michigan Library Association - Protecting Access to Books through the Michigan Right to Read Initiative

 

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FIREARM SAFETY - Lunch & Learn
Firearm Safety - Developing Solutions for a Growing Public Health Crisis
 
An informative talk by Dr. Laura Seewald from University Of Michigan.
 
Firearm injury and death has become a persistent public health crisis in the United States. Firearms are the leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens; and each day more than 120 people in the United States are killed by firearms. In 2020 alone more than 45,000 people died from firearm-related injuries.
 
As firearm injury rates continue to increase, there is a great need for data-driven solutions. The University of Michigan has taken the lead in this effort launching the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention in 2021. Their goal is to generate new knowledge and advance innovative solutions that reduce firearm injury.
 
In this Lunch and Learn, Dr. Laura Seewald from the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention spoke on the magnitude of the firearm injury problem and offered a framework for developing solutions and reducing injury, all while respecting the rights of responsible, law-abiding firearm owners. The focus was not on gun control, but rather on injury prevention
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Thank you to those who participated in the discussion and Dr. Seewald.
 
Here are some pictures from the presentation.
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FIREARM SAFETY

Developing Solutions for a Growing Public Health Crisis

 

Firearm injury and death has become a persistent public health crisis in the United States. Firearms are the leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens; and each day more than 120 people in the United States are killed by firearms. In 2020 alone more than 45,000 people died from firearm-related injuries.

As firearm injury rates continue to increase, there is a great need for data-driven solutions. The University of Michigan has taken the lead in this effort launching the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention in 2021.  Their goal is to generate new knowledge and advance innovative solutions that reduce firearm injury. 

In this Lunch and Learn, Dr. Laura Seewald from the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention will speak on the magnitude of the firearm injury problem and offer a framework for developing solutions and reducing injury, all while respecting the rights of responsible, law-abiding firearm owners. The focus is not on gun control, but rather on injury prevention.

We hope that you will join us for this very important topic.

Details:

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 11:30-1:00 pm

Plymouth District Library

(223 Main St., Plymouth, MI Walldorf Room)

This is a FREE event, however, we ask that you register.

This event is part of the Local Impact Alliance's "Lunch & Learn" program.

Bring your lunch and feed your mind.

Click Here to Register

About our Speaker

Dr. Laura Seewald is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and a Research Assistant Professor with the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention at the University of Michigan. She is also an adult emergency medicine physician at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan.

Her research on firearm injury prevention is focused on the development, testing, and implementation of emergency department-based interventions to decrease firearm violence, youth violence, intimate partner violence, and associated risk behaviors. 

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Create your own Pollinators Garden - Lunch & Learn

David Hammond, Founder & Executive Director of Creating Habitats gave a very informative talk on Creating your own Pollinators Garden - a Lunch & Learn event hosted by Local Impact Alliance.

Dave is on the board of Canton Community Foundation and has done extensive planting of Native gardens in Plymouth, Canton, Northville in MI and VT, NH, KY, NY, MA and RI.

Here are some pictures from the presentation which also includes informational slides if you want to start your garden.

Learn more about Creating Habitats

Dave Hammond has a fund at Local Impact Alliance called "Creating Habitats for Pollinators". You can donate below to support this community non profit.

Creating Habitat for Pollinators Fund 

Here is the link to the video of the event -Create Your Own Pollinators Garden

 

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Create Your Own Pollinator Garden - Lunch & Learn

Create Your Own Pollinator Garden

 

Create Your Own Pollinator Garden

 

Interested in helping the environment and beautifying your yard?  Why not plant a wildflower garden?  Native wildflowers can provide beneficial habitats for pollinators like butterflies, bees, moths, birds and other insects.  They are beautiful, beneficial and easy to maintain.

Although pollinators are a critical part of our food system and the cornerstone of many ecosystems, they are in trouble.  For the last two decades, pollinators have been under serious threat from habitat loss, climate change and pesticide use.

One of the very best, and easiest, things you can do to help pollinators is to plant a wildflower garden at your own home. These wildflower gardens not only provide new habitats for pollinators to thrive, they brighten up your yard, and reduce yard maintenance costs.

Join us on Wednesday, October 11, at 11:30 am to learn how to create your own pollinator garden with step-by-step instructions to make your DIY wildflower planting a success!

 

Details:

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - 11:30-12:30 pm

Canton Township Administrative Building

(1150 Canton Center Rd., Canton - 1st floor board room)

This is a FREE event, however, we ask that you register.

This event is part of the Local Impact Alliance's "Lunch & Learn" program.

Bring your lunch and feed your mind.

 

Click Here to Register

 

About our Speaker

David Hammond is an EMMY award-winning documentary producer — an entrepreneur with a diverse background in professional sports, broadcasting, environmental policy, and non-profit management.

In 2022 he founded Creating Habitats for Pollinators, a nonprofit whose goal is to increase habitats for pollinating insects and animals by planting native wildflowers.

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14th Annual summit - Lunch & Learn
The 3rd year of Lunch & Learn series hosted by Local Impact Alliance started with the Veteran's Summit
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It was the 14th Annual summit organized in partnership with Legal Help For Veterans, PLLC.
 
The topic was "PACT Act and How Will It Affect My VA Benefits and Care?
 
Speakers Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone (retired) and Kristina L Derro, Esq presented new information on PACT Act.
 
Veterans and their family members from the Local Community were able to ask questions and discuss over important topic over lunch, sponsored by Glen Shaw Jr. Family Foundation.
 
We, at Local Impact Alliance, along with affiliated members are forever grateful for your service.
 
Veteran Andrew Paris brought the model of the ships which were on display at the event.
 
Here is the link to the recording of the event. 14th Annual Veterans Summit
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14th Annual Veterans' Summit - Lunch & Learn
Local Impact Alliance - Lunch & Learn
 
14th Annual Veterans' Summit
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
11:30-1:00
Canton Township Administration Building
1150 Canton Center Rd., Canton, 48188
FREE!
 
Topics Include:
• What you should know about the PACT Act
• Information on the VA Care Giver Program
 
Presented by Canton Community Foundation and Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC
 
Our Speakers:
Brigadier General Carol Ann Fausone (Retd)
General Fausone has been a nurse for over 40 years. She served her country for 36 years and retired in 2011. She now owns The Veterans Advocate, LLC that consults for businesses in matters related to VA health care, education and programs. She was approved in 2016 as a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. She also helps direct individual veterans to resources and benefits. She works part-time at Legal Help for Veterans as its chief-fix-it officer on VA road blocks.
 
Kristina Derro Veterans Legal Expert
Kristina L. Derro is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She has spent the past 18 years representing veterans on behalf of Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC before the VA and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims.
 
 
The 14th Annual Veterans' Summit is a part of the Local Impact Alliance's Lunch and Learn Program.
Thank you to our sponsor, the Glenn Shaw Jr. Family Foundation for providing lunch.
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