with Robin Lott, Executive Director for the Michigan Education Trust
Posted May 23, 2018
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MET is a 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan which allows for the pre-purchase of tuition based on today's rates and then paid out at the future cost when the beneficiary is in college. Performance is often based upon tuition inflation.
Hosted by: Laurel HessProduced by: Heartland Newsmakers Team
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
Funding scientific research
Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission
The 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit, Inc. is a group of concerned African American men whose goal is to improve the quality of life in the African American community through their collective resources, abilities and experiences.
Recognizing the need to develop strong, vital and self-supporting communities, the organization has committed to helping African American youth achieve success in four (4) main focus areas: mentoring, education, health & wellness, economic development.
TechTown was founded in 2000 by Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and General Motors. In 2004, TechTown incorporated as a nonprofit and established its headquarters in a landmark 1927 Albert Kahn building just north of the Wayne State campus.
Originally founded to support tech-based spinoffs from the university, they soon realized that their incubation and acceleration strategies for tech companies could help strengthen neighborhood small businesses and commercial corridors across Detroit. Today, TechTown offers a full suite of entrepreneurial services for tech and neighborhood businesses, with satellite offices across the city.
Their five-story building serves as an entrepreneurial hub, housing the TechTown administrative offices, their J440 coworking community, meeting and event space, and numerous businesses working across sectors to drive progress in Detroit. TechTown works in close partnership with Wayne State’s Office of Economic Development, the university’s hub for catalyzing business activity in Midtown and across the Detroit region.
How is big data revealing consumers' behavior?Camille Nicita,President and CEO of Gongos, Inc. appears on Comcast Newsmakers with host Laurel Hess to discuss big data and how if affects consumers' behavior.
Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. They provide shelter, educational and vocational programs, as well as other support services, to help overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, inadequate education, violence, drugs and gangs. CHM's goal is to redirect them onto a path toward meaningful and successful adulthood.
CHM has come to be known by area young people as a place they can go to build a better future and be treated with respect and unconditional love. Over 60,000 youths have been served by CHM since its inception in September, 1997.
Community Care Services (CCS) is a nonprofit agency that serves people with mental health and substance use disorders. They operate a variety of programs for children and adults that focus on the individual’s unique needs. CCS starts with the person first — developing innovative services that provide the care, resources, and connections to help each person in the best way possible.
Recovery is possible. Recovery is defined as the process through which people find ways of living meaningful lives without ongoing symptoms of their conditions. We believe all people have the inherent right to find their individual path to what is meaningful, and we are here to support that process.
Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. What are Michigan small businesses doing to attract and retain customers?
The Out of the Darkness Walks are proof that when people work together they can make big changes in the world. They are American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's largest fundraiser. They produce millions for suicide prevention programs, unite those who have been affected by suicide, and create communities that are smart about mental health. Held in hundreds of cities across the country, they give people the courage to open up about their?own struggle or loss, and the platform to change our culture's approach to mental health.
Anne Perry of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Southeast Michigan Chapter discusses the importance to the walk and raising funds for mental health.
Interview recorded August 24th, 2017.
Vehicles for Change Inc. empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training.
In 1999, Vehicles for Change opened outside of Baltimore, Maryland. After building sustainable car award and automotive training programs in the Maryland-Virginia-Washington D.C. region, VFC began work to replicate those programs nationally, aiming to bring independent transportation and training in the automotive field to as many people as possible. VFC took its first step towards national expansion by opening up its second location in Detroit, Michigan in 2015.
Greg Packer, Advisory Board Chair for Vehicles for Change joins Laurel Hess to discuss how VFC is changing lives.
Interview recorded November 16th, 2017.