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Arts in Detention: program unlocks creativity from the inside for GVRC youth

“Arts in Detention” presents the work of kids ages 10 to 17 living in the Genesee Valley Regional Detention Center (GVRC), on Pasadena Avenue in Flint.  A short-term residential facility (capacity 60), GVRC currently houses 45 to 50 young people; their charges range from truancy to murder.  Three nights a week, girls and boys participate in writing and spoken word, visual arts, theatre, and dance workshops. The GVRC Share Art program partners with Buckham Gallery to bring art to youth in detention and then share their work with the public in this spring exhibit.

Cutting-edge music studio at Highfields making strides with at-risk youth

ONONDAGA, MI - Early last summer, a grant from the James and Kimberly Currie Foundation helped create a new music studio at Highfields Inc.'s residential campus in Onondaga.

Since then, the at-risk youth who come through the multi-purpose human services organization have been making the most of the state-of-the-art recording equipment, finding meaningful ways to express themselves through song.

Detroit's Shakespeare in Prison to offer workshop for juveniles (Washtenaw County/YAA!)

Detroit Public Theatre's Shakespeare in Prison program has received a grant to expand to work with juveniles.

The program currently works with female prisoners at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti. The $15,000 Michigan Humanities Council grant has in part allowed it to start a 12-week workshop with young people in treatment at the Washtenaw County Youth Center.

Juvenile justice expert hired by Muskegon County

MUSKEGON, MI - Muskegon County Family Court will hold a community event open to the public 9 - 11 a.m. Monday, March 20. 

Dr. Edward J. Latessa from the University of Cincinnati Correctional Institute will speak on "What Works in the Juvenile Justice System" at the Innovation Hub, 200 Viridian Drive in downtown Muskegon. His team will also present on a project it's undertaking in Muskegon.

'Refuse to lose': Teen inspired inside juvenile detention helping others

MUSKEGON, MI -- Change how you think. Change how you feel. 

That's some of the advice Tyya Cunningham received from mentor Leslie King, founder and director of Sacred Beginnings

Cunningham, 16, of Muskegon, is going through the Lighthouse Girls Treatment Program, which is part of the 20th Circuit Court Family Division.  

Sacred Beginnings is a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit that works with human trafficking victims.