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Junior Achievement photo
Courtesy photo / Junior Achievement

One of the best ways to prepare kids for adulthood is to educate them on finances and economics. We hear how Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan is working to do just that in our weekly Neighbors in Action segment.


Homeless Angels photo
Courtesy photo / Homeless Angels

Our Neighbors in Action segment today marks National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. The leader of one local organization has something in store to help spread awareness about homelessness. Mike Karl of Homeless Angels is living on the streets of Lansing all week with a camera, and livestreaming his experience to give the public a firsthand look at life on the streets.


Neighbors in Action: Refugee Development Center

Nov 11, 2015
Refugee Development Center photo
Courtesy photo / Refugee Development Center

This week's Neighbors in Action segment looks at the work done by the Refugee Development Center.


Upward Bound photo
Courtesy photo / Upward Bound

For Neighbors in Action this week, we’ll find out more about Upward Bound at MSU, an educational program that offers academic help to disadvantaged youth. We speak with Director Glenda Hammond and Debra Thornton, a former Upward Bound MSU student.


Pop-Up Stories: REACH Studio Art Center

Oct 29, 2015
four people at microphone
Katie Wittenauer / MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

Listen to stories on the theme "Create & Destroy" from our Pop-Up Stories event at REACH Studio Art Center on October 21, 2015. 

 


Pop-Up Story: ‘The Case of the Missing Paint’

Oct 22, 2015
Reuben Kenyatta Pop-Up Stories photo
Katie Wittenauer / MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

Current State's third Pop-Up Stories event was last night in Lansing. Reuben Kenyatta was one of the storytellers on the them of "Create and Destroy."


Neighbors in Action: Ingham County Animal Shelter

Oct 21, 2015
Animal Shelter photo
Courtesy photo / Ingham County Animal Shelter

Our Neighbors in Action segment this week looks at the Ingham County Animal Shelter.


Pop-Up Stories: East Lansing Public Library

Oct 15, 2015
man playing violin
Pete Johnston

Listen to stories on the theme "Loan & Borrow" from our Pop-Up Stories event at the East Lansing Public Library on October 11, 2015. 


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Big Brothers, Big Sisters--Michigan Capital Region

Those of us with siblings, especially older ones, can attest to the influence they had on us growing up, for better or worse. For today’s Neighbors in Action, Current State speaks with the Director of Development at Big Brothers, Big Sisters for the Michigan Capital Region Jesse Klinger, as well as Chris Gabler, a senior at East Lansing High who has been with his Big Brother for 10 years. 

Every Wednesday on Current State, we bring you Neighbors in Action, a look at an area organization working to make Greater Lansing a better place. 

Pop-Up Stories: ‘Borrowed Car, Borrowed Time’

Oct 12, 2015
Kathleen Veith photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Current State held its second Pop-Up Stories event yesterday at the East Lansing Public Library. A borrowed car was the theme of Kathleen Veith's story.


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Courtesy photo / Jackson Area Civil Rights Awareness Association

On Saturday in Jackson, former prison inmates will meet with concerned citizens and others to discuss reforms to America’s prison system. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Christine Peterson of the Jackson Area Civil Rights Awareness Association, and Hakim Crampton, who spent time in a Wisconsin prison before moving back to Jackson.


There is more to the struggle of homelessness than just finding a place to live. Haven House in East Lansing goes beyond sheltering homeless families and helps them prepare for permanent housing by promoting self-sufficiency, stability, and financial responsibility. For Neighbors in Action this week, we speak with Haven House Executive Director Angie Mayeaux and Carla, a former Haven House resident.


Neighbors in Action: Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank

Sep 30, 2015

Food, water, and shelter are basic needs, but for many in our community, so are diapers. For Neighbors in Action this week, we talk to local nonprofit Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank working to distribute diapers to the greater Lansing families who need them.


St. Michael's, Flint Mass Mob
Courtesy photo / Sean Hughes

Catholic churches have seen a decline in attendance, and a movement called Mass Mob wants to bring it back up. Mass Mob has made its way from New York to Detroit, and now to mid-Michigan. We speak with co-founder of the Detroit Mass Mob, Thom Mann, and Rudy Haapala, a parishioner of St. Michael Catholic Church in Flint.


Our Neighbors in Action segment today is with the Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA), a group that exists to bridge the gap between the Lansing community and the work the UN is doing for peace around the world. Current State guest host Sue Carter talks with GLUNA President Lynn Bartley about the organization and its upcoming peace march.

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