Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

U-M groups awarded grants for civic engagement

Two U-M projects have been awarded Venture Grants for initiatives that encourage the development or expansion of community service programs, service-learning opportunities, and/or civic engagement activities.

The two U-M grants were among six recipients in the 37th Venture Grant Cycle, awarded by Michigan Campus Compact (MCC).

The first award goes to U-M students working on the Ypsilanti Health Initiative program, which aims to reduce obesity and improve the health and well-being of lower-income families in the community. The $3,000 grant recognizes the collaboration between student groups and the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti. The Ypsilanti Health Initiative takes a three-pronged approach: health-education workshops, exercise classes and incentive-based grocery-shopping trips. This initiative will pilot for 10 weeks with 20 families — each with a minimum of two children.

A second $3,300 grant was awarded to UM-Flint nursing students who will provide care and health promotion and education activities in hospitals and orphanages in urban and rural settings within Kenya. In partnership with St. Mary’s Mission Hospital, Nairobi Kenya, the students will participate in a two-week immersion course working with those living in extreme poverty with limited access to water, food, shelter and health care.

For more information about MCC go to For more information about the Venture Grants, contact Ryan Fewins at or (517) 492-2424.