Improve education in Mississippi by reporting on obstacles to educational success, bringing public awareness of the problems, issues and potential solutions available via authoritative explanatory journalism
Improve healthy living opportunities for children by supporting immediate critical relief and services for low-income communities and communities of color and supporting community-informed, long-term recovery efforts in flood-impacted communities in Louisiana and Mississippi
Support a tri-state partnership of equity advocates working to dismantle structural racism by organizing communities; engaging residents; providing leadership development and training; and identifying policy solutions that address child wellbeing, racial equity and fundamental transformation
“We’re giving individuals the tools they need to get into a career and then we’re engaging them into the mainframe of the community,” said Roberto Torres, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Program Director Peggy Vander Meulen discusses racial equity programming with Project Coordinator Denise Evans (left) and Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (right) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (left) interacts with Keturah Bell and her son Elijah at a Strong Beginnings support group meeting for breastfeeding families in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
LINC UP’s Darel Ross attends the organization’s community food truck event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The monthly event provides access to fresh foods for more than 250 disadvantaged families in the city.