FRIDAY LEARNSHOPS FOR YOUTH
We offer the following youth learnshops.
Students and teachers have the opportunity to participate in one learnshop.
Grades 7-12 | 12:40 to 1:40 pm
Y1. Intentional Community: Living Building Challenge
Presenter: Blair Evans is the founder and CEO of Evans Solutions, Inc.,
as well as the founder and Superintendent of Blanche Kelso Bruce
Academy and the Incite Focus Program.
What things are important to a community? Take a look at the
aspects of the Living Building challenge (Site, Water, Energy, Health,
Materials, Equity and Beauty). Gain insight on what you can do to
further develop your own community and identify the resources in
your community that can be accessed to accomplish the task.
Y2. Retro-Walking and Art: Rediscovering our Relationship
to the Environment
Presenter: Mary Lou Greene, Director of The Institute for Arts-Infused
Education and Chair/Assistant Professor of the Visual Arts Department
at Marygrove College, has over 20 years' experience as an arts
educator and administrator. She has done extensive work with
numerous community organizations.
Participate in a ritual that is both ancient (China) and contemporary
(Japan) by taking a "retro-walk" around the Marygrove campus and
surrounding area. You will take photographs as you go, and combine
the photographs with poetry concerning your "trip" and your ecological
relationship to the environment. What did you notice that you
wouldn't have otherwise?
Y3. The Path to Zero Waste
Presenter: Ahmina Maxey is the Community Outreach Coordinator
with the Zero Waste Detroit (ZWD) coalition. She advocates to
increase recycling participation in the city of Detroit, divert waste
from the Detroit incinerator, and expand Detroit's curbside recycling
The real 3 R's are not Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmatic, but Reduce, Reuse,
Recycle. Learn ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and discover
the connection between waste and air pollution in Detroit by focusing
on the Detroit Incinerator. Brainstorm ways to take action on one
of the 3 R's in your home or community.
Y4. The Walk Home Program
Presenter: Denguhlanga Kapilango is with D'vine X-traordinarians,
an organization committed to developing, creating, organizing,
teaching and implementing servant leadership educational
programs for sustainable community enlightenment and
The Walk Home" program will help you understand the powers
of communication, nonviolence, dialogue, role play, leadership, and
other theories and techniques that are useful in preventing acts
Y5. Corn: The Secret Fast Food Ingredient
Presenter: After graduating from the University of Michigan with
a degree in Food Systems, Melanie Adams started working for
U of M with a program called Project Healthy Schools. She teaches
middle school students about health through a variety of handson
classroom lessons, cafeteria food samples, and after-school
Know what food makes up the majority of fast food meals? That's
right, corn. Find out how it can be turned into so many different end
products that you can't even recognize it. Trace the transfer of energy
that goes in to producing a fast food meal and create posters to
reflect the true components of burgers, fries, and pop.
Y6. Using the Internet for Retrofitting and Energy Independence
Presenter: Travis Williams is an undergraduate student at the
University of Michigan's Alfred A. Taubman College of Architecture.
He is a Building Performance Institute certified home energy auditor,
currently interning at We Want Green Too.
Learn how to use free online programs, like Google Sketchup
and ResCheck, to improve the energy efficiency of your home.
Discover how these programs can be used as social network sites,
and computation sites that can help you assess and analyze what
retrofits and changes can be made to your residence. The payoff:
you can conduct research on the internet to calculate site specific
information like heating and cooling days, seasonal solar angles,
heat loss calculations, water and electricity consumption, and cost
analysis of implementing sustainable materials and equipment.
Y7. Feed 1 Teach 1
Presenter: Siwatu-Salama Ra and The Young Educators Alliance (YES).
YES is a youth leadership team focusing on environmental justice,
media justice, food justice and social justice. As young Detroit
leaders, their goal is to: tackle negative narratives about Detroit,
confront injustices in the community, come up with creative
solutions and document them by placing them into historical
Feed1 Teach1 is interactive and youth-led. It uses popular education
activities and multi-media resources to provide participants with
the opportunity to identify their own beliefs and important issues in
their community. Participants will be guided through the creation of
their own Feed1 Teach1 event and learn new skills for facilitating and
organizing around their concerns and beliefs. Come and discover
yourself as a community activist.