GRCC In the News, 3-14-14

Missional organization to give glimpse of poverty’s challenges at local colleges

March 14, 2014;

Rent, food, clothing, heat – these are essential costs for living in West Michigan. But what if a family’s income isn’t enough to cover these costs?

Access of West Michigan’s upcoming poverty simulation workshops will seek to initiate participants into the knowledge of what it’s like for the working poor to balance their budget with their incomes. The workshops progress participants through four 15-minute “weeks” where they play the role of a low-income person approaching stores and agencies to acquire goods and services considered essential. One will be held at Davenport University on March 24 and one will be held at Grand Rapids Community College on March 31. Workshops are intended to “sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people and motivate them to become involved in activities which help reduce poverty in our communities,” according the organization’s website.

Michigan Kids Will ‘Kick Butts’ on March 19

March 13, 2014;

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Kids in Michigan will stand up against tobacco on March 19 as they join thousands of young people nationwide for the 19th annual Kick Butts Day. More than 1,400 events are planned across the nation. (See below for a list of local events.)

… The Grand Rapids Urban League and the Urban Fellows will host a Kick Butts carnival at Grand Rapids Community College to raise awareness of the harmful effects of smoking, and how African Americans and youth are specifically targeted by tobacco companies. The carnival will also commemorate the anniversary of the Surgeon General’s report. Time: 11 AM. Location: Raider Grille, 143 Bostwick Avenue Northeast, Grand Rapids. Contact: Lisa Butler (616) 633-6788.

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