Eastern Michigan University plans to provide further support to vulnerable college students through partnership with Ozone House and Washtenaw Community College

by Jordan Phelps, Published November 29, 2016

YPSILANTI – In order to help improve the health, well-being, and productivity of college-bound and college students in Washtenaw County, Eastern Michigan University will be partnering with a local nonprofit, Ozone House, and Washtenaw Community College.

The programs, Eastern Michigan University’s MAGIC (Mentorship Access Guidance In College) and Washtenaw Community College’s REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen), that support foster youth in their respective institutions, will be working with Ozone House in the support project titled MORE (MAGIC, Ozone, REACH, Education).

The three entities seek hope to provide onsite, intensive and ongoing therapy to students in their respective programs that have been subjected to severe trauma, which is often a consequence of experiencing foster care or homelessness.

Ozone House offers mental health care

Ozone House, with locations at 102 N. Hamilton Street in Ypsilanti and 1705 Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor, plans to provide mental and behavioral health care to students who are struggling with the impact of trauma from experiences such as abuse and neglect, family violence, attachment disruptions, familial mental illness, substance use disorders, and chronic housing instability.

By providing onsite mental and behavioral health care to students, the goal of MORE is to reduce barriers that busy college students face in getting to appointments, such as lack of transportation, scheduling conflicts, and work schedules.

Ozone House is a community-based, nonprofit agency that helps young people lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intensive intervention and prevention services. The MORE Support project is made possible through generous funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation. To learn more about the Ozone House, visit the Ozone House website.

REACH at WCC helps students in foster care

REACH at Washtenaw Community College is a program that provides free resources and support to students that have been in foster care. Campus support program includes: Access to a life skills coach for personal guidance and support, student workshops, access to financial support for college and/or living expenses, connection to community and college resources, and mentoring opportunities.  REACH is funded by the State of Michigan. To learn more about REACH, visit the REACH website.

Eastern's MAGIC program promotes academic success

MAGIC, at Eastern Michigan University, exists to increase the graduation rates among students who have experienced foster care or homelessness by removing barriers that interfere with academic success and the process of becoming an interdependent adult. To learn more about MAGIC at Eastern Michigan University, visit the MAGIC website.

EMU students who qualify for the MAGIC program should contact Academic Success Partnerships (ASP), which oversees the MAGIC program, in order to engage with a therapist. ASP is located in 301 Pierce Hall, at 734-487-8041.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

Geoff Larcom



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