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Project Opportunities - Winter 2018

Several organizations, offices, and programs have reached out to AS-L/EMU seeking possible collaboration in many areas. The Office of AS-L and engage@emu may be able to provide some funding to support the projects cited below. 



  • Tutors for our after-school tutoring programs in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, programming begins on January 17th a Washington Street and Ypsilanti District Library.
  • In-school volunteers to help in classrooms throughout Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor
  • Volunteers to help with our creative writing Field Trips that take place Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9:30-noon in Ann Arbor; drama/theatre students are especially encouraged, though all are welcome!
  • Volunteers to help with our evening creative writing workshops and drop-in writing programs in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor
  • Graphic designers to help with our publications of student writing

Contact Volunteer Coordinator: frances@826michigan.org or D’Real Graham at dreal@826michigan.org, coordinator of Ypsilanti 826 Michigan sites.

Note : 826 Michigan can also visit your class to promote such opportunities.

Upward Bound -Ypsilanti Community High School


Request for tutors at YCHS Monday-Thursday from 3:15-4:45 in the Media Center.
One of the goals is to bring in specialty tutors who can work in a one-to-one capacity with students who could use some extra encouragement as well as academic assistance. There is a need for soft skill development (test-taking, study habits, overcoming procrastination, etc.), as well as reading coaches. They can also use people to decorate, and then update, boards with pictures, flyers, encouragements, etc.
Contact: Haley Mulka at hmulka@emich.edu

Bright Futures, 21st Century Learning programs

Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers BRIGHT FUTURES is a cohort of high quality afterschool programs in twenty school sites across three school districts including Romulus, Wayne-Westland, and Ypsilanti Community Schools.

There are numerous opportunities to work with youth and/or programming in our EMU BF schools including developing clubs and lesson plans, facilitating existing clubs or newly developed clubs, special projects such as publications or promotional materials. In addition, we

will be planning an educational leadership conference in June that focuses on developing a supportive school culture and would be glad to have support in this effort.

Contact: Lynn Malinoff at lmalinoff@emich.edu or Will Spotts at wspotts@emich.edu

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s & Ypsilanti Community Schools oversee the Grizzly Community Support Center” volunteer support program.

The GCSC is designed to provide support five days a week, during the school day, divided into three shifts per day (to divide the workload up—though some people have volunteered for more than one shift). We develop a matrix based on volunteer availability and then schedule. We ask that people commit to one time slot once a week. Activities focus on a ‘RESTORATIVE JUSTICE’ model. Looking for individuals to manage and support this initiative.

Contact: Kathy Wyatt at wyattk@ewashtenaw.org

Digital Inclusion

Social enterprise located in EMU’s Office of Academic Service-Learning
Digital Inclusion is a computer-training program for youth. Youth are trained in computer hardware and software – direcycle.com
Needs include:

  • Supporting and enhancing its social media presence
  • Creating new markets for DI
  • Locating funding sources to support community-based computer labs for installation
  • Identifying new funding sources to bridge the digital divide
  • Identifying new trainers for DI programs

Contact: Jack Bidlack at jbidlac1@emich.edu


Hamilton Crossing & Strong Housing

Hamilton Crossing is a low income housing community in Ypsilanti. It is home to the Family Empowerment program. Various projects may include supporting the Ypsilanti Clothes Closet, identifying and/or creating programming for Hamilton Crossing Residents.

Contact: Marquan Jackson at mjacks55@emich.edu  

Grow U: Community-Based ESL Program

Grow U is an initiative between the Washtenaw Literacy, Ypsilanti Free Methodist Church, and ESL/TESOL Program. As part of this initiative, undergraduate and graduate students in TESOL teach and tutor immigrant and refugee students in the community. ( Note: EMU pre-service teachers are also involved in two additional community programs where they teach and tutor: Jewish Family Services ESL Program in Ann Arbor and Oakland County Refugee Services in Dearborn.)

They have several project needs /requests as the program expands:

●   Marketing Assistance –developing, copying, and distributing marketing materials.

●   Pedagogical Materials —we need help with making copies of materials distributed to students.

●   Transportation —some students struggle to get to classes due to the lack of reliable transportation. A shuttle during winter months would help us avoid attrition. Occasional shuttles to field trips would also be appreciated.

●   Funding for mentors and equipment —funding in form of a grant would allow us to recruit experienced teacher mentors to supervise pre-service teachers and buy much- needed instructional materials such as whiteboards, posters, projectors, etc.

Contact: Professor Zuzana Tomaš at ztomas@emich.edu

CivCity Extra Newsletter Initiative

CivCity is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to promote civic engagement among the residents of Washtenaw County. The particular collaboration between CivCity, Washtenaw Literacy and the TESOL/ESL Program involves undergraduate and graduate students in TESOL preparing the issues of the newsletter that targets low proficiency English language learners. EMU students are also involved in developing pedagogical activities for literacy tutors that help tutors utilize the newsletter in tutoring sessions.


●   Distribution – developing, copying, and distributing the Newsletter.

  Pedagogical Materials —Copying of materials to be distributed to tutors.

Contact: Professor Zuzana Tomaš at ztomas@emich.edu

Ypsilanti Library & Ypsilanti TedX

The Ypsilanti District Library is hosting a community Ted X event in October 2018. We'd like a student to help on our speaker recruitment and preparation materials and to help reach out to potential speakers.



Community Action Network

CAN partners with children, youth, and families from under-resourced Washtenaw County neighborhoods to offer programs that educate youth, stabilize families, and build community.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Read to Succeed : Volunteers assist teachers at Brick Elementary in Ypsilanti for 1-2 hours during the school day with literacy-based activities. Volunteers commit to at least one day a week for six weeks or 12 hours minimum. A volunteer may choose any 1-2 hour time slot between 9am and 3pm, Monday-Friday.
After School Program: Tutors help with homework, reading, and enrichment activities. Volunteers commit to at least one day a week for six weeks or 12 hour minimum. CAN after school programs operate at four locations Monday-Friday, 4-6pm.
Art & Design : Volunteers partner with elementary students to design and build a STEM-based art project. Volunteers should commit to help for the entire 8 week session if they can. This season's session will operate from 4-6pm every Thursday September 28-November 16 at Mitchell Elemtary School.

Contact: Katie Lampen at volunteers@canannarbor.org

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is a non-profit agency with a specific purpose of delivering
prepared meals to the homebound elderly, disabled, and ill residents of the City and
Township of Ypsilanti, and in Augusta, Superior, Pittsfield and York Townships in
southeastern Michigan. We realize that many people, especially the infirm, the ill, and
the disabled, take comfort in remaining in their own homes, but are unable to shop or
cook for themselves. The meals and the personal contact we provide help people care
for themselves in their homes.


We are looking to launch a kitchen space here in Ypsilanti in partnership with the
community as a separate LLC organization and also to generate funds to support Meals
on Wheels. Additionally, we are trying to navigate entry into the healthcare system as
Meals on Wheels in some areas can be paid for by insurance providers.

Contact : Alison Foreman at alison@ymow.org

Washtenaw Literacy

Adult literacy non-profit with needs from ESL to teaching to human resource
management to social justice to business. Loves to mentor students and to collaborate
with instructors on semester projects. Volunteer driven. Oldest literacy agency in
Michigan. Proven track record in collaborations with EMU.


Coordinating service at computer lab or county jail, tutoring, managing volunteers at
ESL groups, working on fundraising event, assisting with intake or community needs
assessments and more!

Contact : Alison Austin at austin@washtenawliteracy.org


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