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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
O/T: 20th Concert of Colors delivers a Motor City throwdown VIA @ACCESS1971
20th Concert of Colors delivers a Motor City throwdown
Presented this year by its first-ever title sponsor, the Ford Foundation, the 20th Concert of Colors kicks off at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 7 as Meshell Ndegeocello plays a Tune-Up Concert at New Center Park, courtesy of the festival's newest partner, Midtown Detroit Inc. The beloved Detroit music festival takes place July 12-15 with an outstanding lineup that unites One Metropolitan Area Under a Groove with headliner George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. All performances are free and open to the public. Festival partners include the Arab American National Museum, ACCESS, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Click here for a complete lineup and more.
Community joins ACCESS in fight against HIV, syphilis
AccessHIV joined @Dislikesyphilis and statussexy.com at Motor City Pride over the June 2-3 weekend in Hart Plaza in Detroit, where ACCESS staff offered free syphilis tests. ACCESS is a one-stop shop for HIV & STD screening and treatment, Ryan White Care services, on-site pharmacy, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. For a schedule of hours and locations visit www.accesscommunity.org/screeninghours. Learn more on our Facebook pages AccessHIV and Dislike Syphillis. Make sure to "like" the pages and share them with your friends.
From lemons come life lessons
When life gives you lemons, start a business selling lemonade! ACCESS is proud to partner with Lemonade Day Detroit for an annual event that teaches K-12 youth about entrepreneurship as they plan, supply, market and fund their own lemonade stands. The project teaches socially responsible business skill, encouraging young people to give back to their community. Kids choose how to spend their money; last year they donated some 70 percent of their total proceeds to charities.
Students in ACCESS' 21st Century programs have been working hard to prepare their stands for this year's Lemonade Day, which is June 9, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. Please stop by to support these young entrepreneurs, and ACCESS youth programming. Contact Chelsea Liddy for more information.
ACCESS seeks participants for asthma study
ACCESS is looking for participants for a study on how air pollution in South Dearborn affects children and adults with asthma and allergies. ACCESS is conducting this study in partnership with the Michigan Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Michigan State University, The University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Project staff will be signing up participants at ACCESS, 2651 Saulino Ct., Dearborn, from 3-5 p.m. today, June 6 as well as on June 13 and 20.
Participants will first be tested for asthma and allergies at the ACCESS clinic in Dearborn. They will then complete a medical history and environmental survey to better understand their history of asthma and exposure to pollution. The participants will then be asked to complete an asthma diary (one page) each week during the exposure period of July to September 2012. All participants will be invited to several Asthma Education Days which will be provided to other community members as well. The UCare case-manager, Ola Saad, will be available to assist the participants in all study activities.
Eligible participants include children ages 5-15 and adults age 50 and older. Participants also must live within three miles of Salina elementary and middle schools in Dearborn, have asthma or asthma-like symptoms and be able to participate in the study from July-September 2012. For more information, contact Ola Saad at 313-216-2234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more details.
Digital Connectors graduate with new skills
Twenty Dearborn-area high school students from diverse and low-income backgrounds learned new digital literacy skills over the past six months thanks to ACCESS and Comcast. On Friday, June 1, the students graduated from the program during a presentation at ACCESS, receiving gifts from Comcast including laptops and cameras. An $11,800 grant from Comcast enabled ACCESS to continue this program in Dearborn.
Students met twice a week not only to learn new digital skills, they also volunteered 52 hours at community-based organizations, senior centers, religious organizations and even in their own homes to help pay it forward and help improve digital literacy. Click here for the full story from Dearborn Patch and here for a video made by program students.
Fun and games caps learning year
It was all fun and games at ACCESS on May 31, when more than 700 students and their families came out for the Youth & Education Department's 3rd Annual 21st Century Community Learning Centers Family Fun Day. The students came from nine schools in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, and Hamtramck to celebrate the program's successful school year. Families enjoyed carnival games, henna painting, face painting, moonwalks, obstacle courses, and – despite the chilly weather – a dunk tank. Click here for photos.
The 21st Century Community Learning program provides academic support, recreation, and youth development to K-12 students after school with the aim of motivating, educating and challenging each student to achieve his or her highest potential academically, socially, physically, and emotionally.
Free summer youth programs
Looking for fun programs to keep your teens engaged and learning over the summer? How does free sound? ACCESS' Youth & Education department is offering eight free classes, including cupcake decorating, finding a summer job, male and female team sports, college preparation, leadership opportunities, makeup application, digital photography and blogging, and engineering. Classes are for ages 13-17, starting June 18, at 2651 Saulino Court, Dearborn. Registration is underway so reserve your spot today. For questions and registration, contact Sarah Shoucair Chaar at email@example.com or call 313-842-6757 or 313-842-6762. Click here for a registration form.