Area students, schools and non-profits honored at EMU for work as stewards of Great Lakes region ecosystem.

Stewardship coalition event celebrates the importance of young people becoming stewards of local communities

by Geoff Larcom, Published May 12, 2014


WHO: The Fifth Annual Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS) Community Forum will showcase the work of students from participating schools. Students, families, and teachers from the Ann Arbor Learning Community, Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody High School, Experiencia Preparatory Academy, Hope of Detroit Academy, Jack Harvey Elementary School (Utica Schools), the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, John Paul II Catholic School, Neinas Elementary School, Osborn High School.              

WHAT: Students, families, teachers, and community organizations from the SEMIS Coalition’s 10 schools and 35 community partners, and from diverse communities in and outside of Detroit will come together to celebrate the power that comes with learning to be citizen-stewards of their communities and the Great Lakes region.

WHEN: Monday, May 12, 2014. 9:30 AM – Student led workshops and presentations. 12:00 PM – Awards Lunch

WHERE: EMU College of Education, Porter Building, Room 300B/C

WHY: Presentations will range from projects aiming to protect local bodies of water, to permaculture design projects, to short films focusing on the meaning of stewardship and community action, to student theatrical performances by elementary students related to ecojustice and environmental stewardship.  

Community Partners including the Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit Youth Energy Squad, Huron River Watershed Council, and Chiwara Permaculture will demonstrate the work they do with schools and the resources they bring to teachers, students and communities in Southeast Michigan.

The event is hosted by SEMIS, whose mission is to facilitate school-community partnerships to develop citizen-stewards of healthy ecological and social systems. SEMIS is one of nine regional hubs supported by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative has been called the most ambitious effort in the country to promote Place-Based environmental stewards.

CONTACT: Ethan Lowenstein, 734-709-8044,

Geoff Larcom


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