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Firearm Injury The Magnitude of the Problem, Root Causes  & Innovative Solutions

Firearm Injury

The Magnitude of the Problem, Root Causes

& Innovative Solutions

 

Firearm injury and death has become a persistent and pressing public health crisis in the United States. The causes are complex, involving factors across the ecological spectrum from individual behavior to policy-related issues.

Wednesday, June 14th, Dr. Laura Seewald of the University of Michigan will speak at our June "Lunch & Learn" on the magnitude of this problem in the U.S. as well as offering a framework for developing solutions and reducing injury.

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

Details:

NOVEMBER, 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

Dr. Laura Seewald is an adult emergency medicine physician at the University of Michigan and current postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention.

The focus of her postdoctoral research and education is in the field of firearm injury prevention, with a specific interest in learning how to use machine learning algorithms to tailor interventions for high-risk ED populations.

In addition to her research duties, Dr. Seewald works clinically at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

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Discover the Benefits of the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council
Discover the Benefits of the Plymouth-Canton Community Literacy Council - Lunch & Learn by Local Impact Alliance
 
Details:
Wednesday, March 2024 - 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.
 
 
Is English your second language? Would you like to feel more confident with your communication? Perhaps English is your primary language and you’re looking for the opportunity to tutor others.
Join the conversation Wednesday, May 17th to learn about all the opportunities offered through the Plymouth Canton Community Literacy Council.
Whether it’s one-on-one tutoring, conversation groups, or English language learner book clubs, the Literacy Council is available to help you gain confidence in reading, writing and speaking English.
 
Speakers:
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Andrea Hug became the Executive Director of the Community Literacy Council in 2017. She received her B.A. from Albion College in Economics and Communications and her M.A. from EMU in Education. She taught at Livonia Public Schools and substitute taught at P-CCS. She served on the board of P-CCS Parent Council for four years. When Andrea is not helping English language learners with their conversational English language goals, she enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society of Huron Valley.
 
 
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Joyce Silagy has over 30 years of experience as a teacher. Her experience with Dearborn Public Schools was primarily in adult education where she taught business classes. Joyce served as
Community Education Manager and Supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Southfield Public Schools. In 2006, Joyce became a volunteer tutor for the Plymouth Canton Literacy Council; and in 2011 helped create the ESL outreach program for Connection Church where she teaches students and facilitates tutors.
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April Lunch & Learn with Living & Learning Enrichment Center

 

Beautiful afternoon with beautiful people!
 
Thank you Living and Learning Enrichment Center for telling your story and sharing the success of your dream.
 
Local Impact Alliance will continue to partner with great organizations for their Lunch & Learn series to and bring important topics for discussion in the community.
 
Please visit Living and Learning Enrichment Center and Mod Market in Northville to learn and support this great initiative.
 
Here are some pictures from the event and a video of the recording for those who could not attend the event.
 

 

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March Lunch & Learn - Healthy Yard Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Watershed with Annette DeMaria, P.E. PMP

As part of the Local Impact Alliance's monthly Lunch and Learn Series, Annette DeMaria, Executive Director of the Alliance of Rouge Communities, provided advice and tips on creating a beautiful yard while protecting the Rouge River Watershed. Suggestions for fertilizer/pesticide use, mowing strategies, animal waste, and household chemical use were all discussed. 

Annette graciously provided us with her slide deck  to refer to back to as we work toward improving our watershed.  She included her full deck, which is more information than she was able to cover during our session.

Here is the link to the youtube video of the presentation.

 

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April Lunch & Learn: Helping Young Adults With Disabilities Live Their Best Life featuring Living & Learning Enrichment Center

Did You Know:

• Approximately 1 in 44 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

• At least 85% of autistic adults are unemployed and have a college education?

• There is an organization in our community that’s working to place these talented workers in local businesses that are struggling with staffing issues?

Living and Learning Enrichment Center (LLEC) reflects the vision and energy of its founder Rachelle Vartanian. Rachelle has earned two master’s degrees in Educational Psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The second master’s degree came as a direct result of the most important letters ever added to Rachelle’s name: M.O.M. Her youngest son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at five years old (17 years ago). Determined to fill in the multitude of blanks about what could be done for those with autism, Rachelle went back to school to learn all she could about ASD. In response to the lack of affordable, accessible support groups for herself and her son, Rachelle started a free weekly social skills program in the Farmington Community Library. The overwhelming and positive results led her to quit her 20-year career as a special education teacher, sell her home, downsize her possessions, borrow from her retirement account, and open the Living and Learning Enrichment Center in downtown Northville. Living and Learning Enrichment Center has become a beacon for parents and clients with autism and related conditions. Flash forward 8 years and LLEC is providing the services and skills/vocational training she saw an urgent need for while her son was growing up. Rachelle and the dedicated staff at LLEC are helping members and their parents achieve the hopes and dreams all parents have for their children.

Our Panel

Rachelle Vartanian is the Founder and Executive Director of the Living and Learning Enrichment Center. She has always refused to accept the status quo and has made a career of constantly advocating for and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Her mission is for LLEC to be the nation’s model for providing quality services and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. It is this drive that has caused LLEC to be one of the fastest growing companies in the state of Michigan.

Ethan Erlandson oversees LLEC’s Job Development Program to help adults with disabilities find gainful employment. This program assists individuals with job readiness training including soft skills, career/job exploration, resume' writing, application training, interview preparation, and professional communication. Communication is continuous between our coordinator, coaches, employer, and family to ensure that employment is being maintained and successful.

David Franco oversees the Exceptional Academy, an advanced work skills training program for adults with disabilities that currently provides Cisco IT networking certification training with a focus in Cybersecurity. The Academy (the only one of its kind in Michigan) is one of many programs offered by the Living and Learning Enrichment Center. David uses his experience from 20 years of technology sales to successfully recruit students, sponsors and strategic partners.

DETAILS:

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 • 11:30-1:00

Canton Township Administration Building (1150 Canton Center Rd.)

FREE (however, registration is required)

Call Beth at 734-495-1200

Register Here

Published in Lunch & Learn
April Lunch & Learn: Helping Young Adults With Disabilities Live Their Best Life featuring Living & Learning Enrichment Center

Did You Know:

• Approximately 1 in 44 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD)?

• At least 85% of autistic adults are unemployed and have a college education?

• There is an organization in our community that’s working to place these talented workers in local businesses that are struggling with staffing issues?

Living and Learning Enrichment Center (LLEC) reflects the vision and energy of its founder Rachelle Vartanian. Rachelle has earned two master’s degrees in Educational Psychology and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The second master’s degree came as a direct result of the most important letters ever added to Rachelle’s name: M.O.M. Her youngest son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at five years old (17 years ago). Determined to fill in the multitude of blanks about what could be done for those with autism, Rachelle went back to school to learn all she could about ASD. In response to the lack of affordable, accessible support groups for herself and her son, Rachelle started a free weekly social skills program in the Farmington Community Library. The overwhelming and positive results led her to quit her 20-year career as a special education teacher, sell her home, downsize her possessions, borrow from her retirement account, and open the Living and Learning Enrichment Center in downtown Northville. Living and Learning Enrichment Center has become a beacon for parents and clients with autism and related conditions. Flash forward 8 years and LLEC is providing the services and skills/vocational training she saw an urgent need for while her son was growing up. Rachelle and the dedicated staff at LLEC are helping members and their parents achieve the hopes and dreams all parents have for their children.

Our Panel

Rachelle Staff PhotoRachelle Vartanian is the Founder and Executive Director of the Living and Learning Enrichment Center. She has always refused to accept the status quo and has made a career of constantly advocating for and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Her mission is for LLEC to be the nation’s model for providing quality services and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. It is this drive that has caused LLEC to be one of the fastest growing companies in the state of Michigan.

Ethan staff photoEthan Erlandson oversees LLEC’s Job Development Program to help adults with disabilities find gainful employment. This program assists individuals with job readiness training including soft skills, career/job exploration, resume' writing, application training, interview preparation, and professional communication. Communication is continuous between our coordinator, coaches, employer, and family to ensure that employment is being maintained and successful.

david francoDavid Franco oversees the Exceptional Academy, an advanced work skills training program for adults with disabilities that currently provides Cisco IT networking certification training with a focus in Cybersecurity. The Academy (the only one of its kind in Michigan) is one of many programs offered by the Living and Learning Enrichment Center. David uses his experience from 20 years of technology sales to successfully recruit students, sponsors and strategic partners.

DETAILS:

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 • 11:30-1:00

Canton Township Administration Building (1150 Canton Center Rd.)

FREE (however, registration is required)

Call Beth at 734-495-1200

Register Here

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March Lunch & Learn - Healthy Yard Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Watershed with Annette DeMaria, P.E. PMP

March Lunch & Learn - Healthy Yard Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Watershed with Annette DeMaria, P.E. PMP

For residents of Plymouth, Canton, and Westland, we are part of the Rouge River watershed. The Rouge River watershed encompasses 48 communities throughout SE Michigan serving 1.35 million people. It’s a critical regional resource for recreational opportunities, wildlife habitats, and even drinking water.

We are connected to the Rouge watershed through our storm water runoff and storm drain systems. Things we do at our homes and yards drain directly into the watershed. Practicing healthy habits in your yard helps filter pollutants before they reach the watershed.


As spring approaches, Annette DeMaria, Executive Director of the Alliance of Rouge Communities, will provide tips for homeowners to keep a beautiful yard while reducing their impact on the watershed. Topics to be discussed include alternatives to household chemicals, the use of fertilizers and pesticides, and proper disposal of pet waste.

We hope you will join us for this free Lunch and Learn event at the Plymouth District Library on March 15th at 11:30 am.

 About our Speaker:


Healthy yard Annette DeMariaMs. Annette DeMaria, P.E., PMP is a principal engineer with 25 years of experience at Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc., and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC).

Ms. DeMaria’s entire career has focused on the restoration of the Rouge River watershed. Her experience includes municipal storm water permitting, green storm water management, water quality monitoring, beach sanitary surveys and project         management. She oversees municipal storm water permit compliance for more than 20 Michigan communities.

Ms. DeMaria is a registered Professional Engineer (MI) and a certified Project Management Professional.

 

 

DETAILS:
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 • Plymouth District Library (223 Main St., Plymouth)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
FREE (however, registration is required)
Register here online or contact Beth Meade at 734-495-1200.

 

 

Civility Project - Lunch & Learn Update

Civility Project - Lunch & Learn Update

Detroit journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson founded The Civility Project in 2020 to bring people with opposing viewpoints together and teach them the tools to have civil conversations, explore civic discourse without animosity, and learn how to listen productively.
The last decade has been one of the most politically and emotionally divisive in American history. Confrontation happens when civility breaks down, and it’s more important than ever for Americans to be able work through disagreements in a respectful, productive manner.
 
On February 7th at  Westland City Hall, The Civility Project discussed tools to stay civil in these times of discord and extreme opinions. Thank you to all who attended.

The Civility Project was presented by Westland Community Foundation , part of Local Impact Alliance.

Here are pictures from the event, video of the conversation is now available available on the website of https://localimpactalliance.org/.

Click to watch

The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn

The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn

 

 

WLIA footerelcome to the winter line up of Lunch & Learns.

We invite you to bring your lunch and feed your mind!          

 

 

 The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn  

with Nolan Finley & Stephen Henderson

 

 civility projectAmericans are at their best when they can talk with one another, disagree, even argue — but agree to keep the dialogue going. Unfortunately, too many people today feel like they can’t do that. Instead they avoid speaking to people with whom they disagree. The Civility Project is changing that. Civility is defined as “formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.” It’s a process of treating one another — regardless of different opinions, perspectives or political leanings — with respect and kindness. It’s about listening to another viewpoint, even if you don’t agree with it, searching for the humanity behind a perspective or stance. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend a Civility Project session (or even if you have), we hope that you will plan now to join us for this amazing experience with these two giants of Michigan journalism. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

• Agree to disagree

• Learn to listen to other sides

• Engage in civil conversation

• Use what you hear too challenge or affirm your own views

• Build respect for each other’s humanity

• Stay curious

 

DETAILS:

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 — Westland City Hall Ballroom, 36300 Warren Rd., Westland, 48185 11:30-1:00

FREE (however, registration is required)

Contact Beth Meade at 734-495-1200 to register

Register Here

 

About Our Hosts:

Celebrated journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson have been longtime friends, despite their different perspectives on pretty much everything. The one thing they agree on is the importance of their friendship — which includes a healthy does of disagreement and mutual respect.

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Nolan Finley began his newspaper career as a copy boy at The Detroit News while a senior in college. After a brief stint with the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Finley returned to The News as a reporter. In 2000, he was named Editorial Page Editor, where he directs the expression of the newspaper’s editorial position. He is also the co-host of One Detroit on PBS. In 2012 Finley was inducted in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

 

 

Hendersonn Stephen Henderson is an American journalist who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists “Journalist of the Year” award while writing for the Detroit Free Press. Since 2015, Henderson has hosted Detroit Today on WDET. In 2020, he founded BridgeDetroit, where he serves as Executive Editor.

 

 

How High School Students Are Filling the Local News Void - Lunch & Learn

How High School Students Are Filling the Local News Void - Lunch & Learn

Local news coverage, particularly at smaller local newspapers, is in the midst of a long financial crisis. As local news coverage has declined precipitously due to consolidation, declining budgets, and shrinking news staffs, communities like Canton, Plymouth, and Westland are not receiving the local media coverage they have in the past.

Plymouth-Canton's Educational Park student-run public station, WDSP-FM, 88.1 the Park, is working to fill that void. The high school students at 88.1 the Park have made a renewed investment in local news and community profiles with the goal of becoming the local media source for the community.
 
Join us on January 18th to learn more about how this student-led radio station is successfully filling the local news gap.
 
This is a FREE event, but we ask that you register so that we have enough seating
 
Details:

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
 
Where: Canton Administration Building - First Floor Board Room
1150 Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48187
 
Cost: FREE (but we do ask that you register so we have enough seating)
Please bring your lunch or something to nibble on.
 
Register Here
 
About Speakers
 
  Anuya Shetty is currently a junior at Canton High School. She serves as the News Director for WSDP, 88.1 the Park.
 
Avneet Pandher is a Salem High School Junior. She currently serves as the Public Affairs Director at WSDP. 
 
Together, these two amazing young women co-host the K-Poppin' Show which spotlights the latest K-Pop music from artists. Both Anuya and Avneet joined the team at WSDP as freshmen.
 
 
 
Bill Keith has been the Station Manager at 88.1 the Park since October 1991. Under his leadership. WSDP was named "High School Station of the Year" 11 of the past 21 years. The station has also been a four-time national finalist for "Non-Commercial Station of the Year." You might also run into Bill on the weekends at Livonia's Trinity House Theatre where he volunteers as a board member and the concert coordinator for the listening room.
 
A graduate of Canton High School, John Kreger is the P-CCS Assistant Station Manager at 88.1 the Park and helps lead the station's news and sports programming. John is also the color commentator for Detroit City FC, play-by-play host for MSU volleyball and broadcasts high school games for the MHSAA Network.
  
 
 
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