Active Grants & Community Projects


Prevention Theatre Collective
This Collective is a theatre based peer to peer outreach program intended  to shift attitudes and behaviors concerning drugs and alcohol use for Washtenaw County high school students and communities. Recently, the instance of higher drug use and overdose for high school students has increased and become high risk for the communities. For the full Washtenaw County Public Health Opioid , visit their site here .

Through the development of site specific/original theatre, PTC works to improve the overall health and wellness both of Collective participants and audiences. The Prevention Theatre  teaches & uses interactive theatre techniques as a tool to cultivate a culture of awareness in and around the relationship between mental health and substance abuse. Prevention Theatre Collective has ensembles at Saline High School, Skyline High School and Community High School in Ann Arbor; where we partner with the school’s assigned counselor, preventionist/ interventionist, social workers, health education and/or theatre teacher to facilitate student created works. PTC employs MFA and MA Eastern Michigan Alumni who are trained in theatre and/or prevention skills. This program allows EMU to share the wealth of knowledge from the arts and extends its reach to nearby high school communities. PTC is funded through a grant from Community Mental Health Partnership of Southeast Michigan.

If you have any further questions please reach out to our Prevention Program Coordinator, Ariel Pompey at [email protected]

Ford Community Scholars Program
This year, [email protected] received three grants from the Ford Community Scholars Program . The program, in partnerships with universities, supports new initiatives for building sustainability and improving the quality of life of communities. Ford Community Corps program recognizes the scholastic achievement of students and promotes community engagement.

Ford Community Corps brings students together with local non-profit organizations.These collaborations create sustainable solutions. Thus, the program generates value for all organizations involved.

1. EMU Historic Preservation & Habitat4Humanity

Goals for this partnership (EMU faculty and students working with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley) are several-fold: undergraduate students often are not exposed to the more "hands-on" aspects of historic preservation (HP)--working in historic structures, learning basic trade skills and home repair/maintenance, conservation of historic materials, etc. We mainly use the undergraduate HP minor at EMU as a strategy to recruit students into the Master's of Science in HP program, which is a professional program that is much more applied.

Adding the academic service-learning component to GHPR 335 will provide students an opportunity earlier in their student careers to experience the kinds of work that HP professionals do on a regular basis and help them develop hands-on skills that they might not encounter otherwise. This will ultimately help many of them in their future careers.

Undergraduate students take Historic Preservation courses for a variety of reasons, but most have interests in the social sciences and environmental studies. We have majors in sustainability, anthropology, history, geography, urban planning, etc. and several students are minoring in historic preservation.

Based on the conversations with Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley's Development Associate, Karol Chubb, students will work on the Habitat site for three Saturday sessions, running approximately from 9 am --4 pm each time. That would be equivalent to about 6 hours per session (assuming about an hour for breaks), or 18 hours of work on site. With 12-16 students, this would amount to between 216--288 hours of labor provided for the semester.

2. 826michigan and ASL Course: EDPS 322
EMU Teacher Education faculty member Dr. Iman Grewal, to work with 826michigan  (both the Ann Arbor and Detroit programs) in collaboration with 50 students in her EDPS 322 -Educational Psychology Course. This AS-L (Academic Service-Learning project) is designed to introduce these pre-service teaching students to developmental and learning theories within the context of race and poverty as the volunteer and service 826Michigan literacy labs.  

    1. This project is funded through the Ford Community Corps grant program which works to provide support for college students engaged in academic service and applied learning. For questions on this AS-L project contact Dr. Grewal at [email protected]

    2. 3. Public Relations & LifeBUILDERS

"Our experience with crossroads was truly life changing, as we helped them inform the community of the beautiful work they do for over 5,000 people experiencing homelessness, job loss and or food insecurities. It was here we created several promotional materials such as commercials, social media strategies and graphic content.

We assisted LifeBUILDERS in their mission to continue restoring Detroit neighbors by creating social media content and calendars that would allow them to produce content, while operating their busy organization. Through several visits to their site and attending fundraising events, we were able to create this content and help them maintain their positive image." - Honore Washington

    1. PBS Work
      Detroit Public TV - Engage EMU recently collaborated in two STEM related programs:

      1. Engage @ EMU, DPTV and Parkridge Community Center delivered the first PBS Family Creative Learning with the PBS Ruff Ruffman character program i n December 2017. This was an eight hour program for 5-8 year olds and their parents to learn and participate in STEM related projects.   At the end of the four, two hour sessions, students presented their projects to fellow participants and parents. Each student was gifted the tablet that they used during the program, which was pre-loaded with PBS creative learning television programming and games.

      2. EMU 21st CCLC Bright Futures partnered Detroit Public TV, to deliver a STEM based club using curriculum that featured the PBS character Ruff Ruffman to EMU Bright Futures' youth in November 2017. Youth from EMU's Bright Futures after school grant sites at Ford Early Learning Center and Holmes Elementary participated in the eight hours of curriculum, which presented them with a series of STEM related challenges faced by Ruff Ruffman. Each lesson featured an online video of Ruffman discussing a challenge he faced, a guided virtual experience on a tablet using the PBS app, and a hands-on application exercises where the youth applied the STEM concepts to solve challenges faced by Ruff. The PBS Ruff Ruffman experience then culminated with a student showcase, where 100% of participating students' families were in attendance!! This was a first for the programs facilitated by DPTV. The goal is to continue this relationship and further encourage STEM to young students.

      Caroline Sanders, Assistant Director of Community Relations (I) facilitated this opportunity for youth and families.  EMU Bright Futures' Site Coordinator Kate Gale delivered the curriculum and Beth Marshall of DPTV for training, materials, and support throughout the process. 

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