Street Beat: Immigration Issues In Metro Detroit
This week on Street Beat, host Lisa Germani looks at immigration issues I the Metro Detroit area. First, Mihaela Mitrofan, Director of Refugee Resettlement SE Michigan for Samaritas, talks about the issues facing refugees moving into the Detroit area. Then Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds discusses sanctuary cities and the recent “don’t ask” legislation passed by the Ypsilanti city council. Next, Darren Miller, Staff Attorney for the Michigan Immigration Rights Center, discusses legal issues facing immigrants. Finally, Steve Tobocman, founder of Global Detroit, explains the economic impact immigrants have on the community.
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Street Beat: Summer Fun For KidsSummer is coming. What will your kids be doing? This week on Street Beat, host Amyre Makupson looks at some of the activities available to kids this summer. First, the National Society of Black Engineers is hosting a three week Summer Engineering Experience for Kids. National Chairman Matthew Nelson explains the program. Then, Valerie Corbett, the Continuing Education Program Coordinator for Macomb Community College talks about their summer class series, College 4 Kids. Next, the Howell Nature Center has camps and activities all summer long. CEO Richard Grant shares the details. Finally, Sam Saunders, the founder of Seven Mile Music, talks about his music program for Detroit youth.
Street Beat: Senior ServicesThis week on Street Beat, host Rob Stone checks out services for the elderly. First, Major Jan Sjögren, divisional program secretary for the Eastern Michigan Division of the Salvation Army discusses what they do to help the senior population including their Bed and Bread program. Then Kevin Bell and Andrew Zimdars, Resource Advocates for Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, talk about their programs. Next, the founder of Laugh Time for Seniors, Bonnie Weintraub, explains this exercise and wellness program that helps the elderly through clapping, breathing, positive affirmations and laughter. Finally, Karyn Dombrowski Curro, Executive Director of Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, shows how this faith-based group is helping seniors.
Street Beat: Mental Health ChallengesThis week on Street Beat, host Karen Carter looks at mental health challenges. First, Dr. Ron Samarian from the Beaumont Health System; and Brent Wirth, President and CEO of Easterseals Michigan; talk about Easterseals, mental health issues, and the upcoming Mental Health Fair. Then, psychologist Dr. Robert Hack and Dr. Brenda O’Brian discuss the issues around parental alienation. Finally, Dr. Tanya Martin, clinical psychologist and Blue Cross/Blue Shield provider, talks about signs of suicide and how to help those who may be considering taking their lives.
Street Beat: The Battle Against CancerThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Judith Hayner, Executive Director of the Muskegon Museum of Art, about their new exhibition that features the entire collection of North American Indian photos by Edward S. Curtis. Then, Mary Romaya, executive director of the Chaldean Cultural Center History Museum, discusses the newly opened museum. Then the campaign co-chair of Trump Michigan Lena Epstein, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and 910 am radio host Cliff Russell will talk about the Pope, Coach Harbaugh, and President Trump’s first 100 days.
Street Beat: Hunger And HomelessnessThis week on Street Beat, host Lisa Germani talks to various organizations about programs that aid the hungry. First, Lighthouse of Oakland County Food Pantry Manager, James McQueen and John Lyman, Waterford Regional Fire Chief and this year’s Grand Marshal; discuss the programs at Lighthouse and their upcoming Hunger Walk. Then, Sara Gold, the Director of the United Way of Southeastern Michigan’s Healthy Kids Initiative, explains the Meet Up and Eat Up program designed to help low income children during the summer months to have access to food. Then, Hand Up Detroit is a unique collaboration among Detroit homeless and housing service agencies. Hand Up Detroit Coordinator, Abby Adair, and former SOS shelter client, Rick Schmidt, explain the program. Finally, Neal Rubin, the Honorary Chair of Bookstock, talks about the annual fundraising event and the programs it supports.
Street Beat: Improving Lives Through MentorshipThis week on Street Beat, host Amyre Makupson will highlight several organizations that help minorities improve their lives and living situations. First, Carol Goss discusses the Warrior Women Against Poverty, a movement of African American Women committed to improving the lives of Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS) women and children living in poverty through mentoring, advocacy and supportive friendship. Joining her will be LaTonia Walker from COTS or Brenda Brown, one of the mentees. Then, Kathryn Tanner, Executive Director for Mercy Education Project, explains how this organization is helping boost academic success for low-income girls and women. Next, Michallene Thacker-Mann, the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations for City Year Detroit; and Richel’la Washam, Impact Manager at Clark Preparatory Academy, City Year Detroit; talk about the AmeriCorps volunteers who work 10 hour days every day in seven target Detroit public schools to help educationally challenged students beat the odds that are stacked against them. Finally, Lynne Golodner, the founder of One Earth Writing, explains how this organization brings teens together across racial, religious and socioeconomic divides through writing workshops designed to build a more accepting, open and cohesive world.

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Street Beat: Summer Fun For KidsSummer is coming. What will your kids be doing? This week on Street Beat, host Amyre Makupson looks at some of the activities available to kids this summer. First, the National Society of Black Engineers is hosting a three week Summer Engineering Experience for Kids. National Chairman Matthew Nelson explains the program. Then, Valerie Corbett, the Continuing Education Program Coordinator for Macomb Community College talks about their summer class series, College 4 Kids. Next, the Howell Nature Center has camps and activities all summer long. CEO Richard Grant shares the details. Finally, Sam Saunders, the founder of Seven Mile Music, talks about his music program for Detroit youth.
Street Beat: Senior ServicesThis week on Street Beat, host Rob Stone checks out services for the elderly. First, Major Jan Sjögren, divisional program secretary for the Eastern Michigan Division of the Salvation Army discusses what they do to help the senior population including their Bed and Bread program. Then Kevin Bell and Andrew Zimdars, Resource Advocates for Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County, talk about their programs. Next, the founder of Laugh Time for Seniors, Bonnie Weintraub, explains this exercise and wellness program that helps the elderly through clapping, breathing, positive affirmations and laughter. Finally, Karyn Dombrowski Curro, Executive Director of Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, shows how this faith-based group is helping seniors.
Street Beat: Mental Health ChallengesThis week on Street Beat, host Karen Carter looks at mental health challenges. First, Dr. Ron Samarian from the Beaumont Health System; and Brent Wirth, President and CEO of Easterseals Michigan; talk about Easterseals, mental health issues, and the upcoming Mental Health Fair. Then, psychologist Dr. Robert Hack and Dr. Brenda O’Brian discuss the issues around parental alienation. Finally, Dr. Tanya Martin, clinical psychologist and Blue Cross/Blue Shield provider, talks about signs of suicide and how to help those who may be considering taking their lives.

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