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Livonia Youth Commission

Growth Works is proud to share that CITx Program Manager Lindsey Manza has been appointed by Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan to the Livonia Youth Commission. We are grateful for the opportunity to help promote academic leadership, citizenship and community involvement through recognition, events, or programs which enhance the quality of life for present and future generations of our community.

The commission takes part in various events and programs, including:

  • Distributing seedlings to Livonia and Clarenceville fourth grade students during Arbor Day week to promote the students’ responsibility to the environment.
  • Purchasing prizes for Livonia Spree Family Day to be passed out to children who participate in events and contests at the Spree.
  • Selecting Spree Memorial Scholarship Award recipients, in conjunction with the Livonia “Spree” Anniversary Committee, for graduating high school seniors. 
  • Awarding Honor Certificates to all graduating high school seniors with a 3.0-grade average encouraging as well as recognizing academically above-average students.
  • Monetary sponsorship of Livonia high schools’ “Senior All Night Graduation Parties” inviting students to complete their graduation ceremonies back at their schools with their classmates.

Thank you, Lindsey, for your service to the Livonia community.

Mock Interview with Students

Growth Works’ Human Resources Associate, Alyxandra Culver, visited Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn to help conduct mock interviews for Mr. Pletzke and Ms. Morrison’s 12th-grade English Classes.

Mock Interviews provide students an opportunity to practice, receive feedback and improve their skills. A mock interview also helps students develop interview strategies, enhance your communication skills, and answer challenging questions with the support of their peers. Growth Works is committed to supporting our educational partners and providing resources to help students across western Wayne County succeed in their educational and career paths.

Thank you for partnering with Growth Works!

Salvation Army ARC Ice Cream Social

On the eve of Thanksgiving, members of the Growth Works team and community partners visited the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center to sponsor an Ice Cream Social. This was a great opportunity for staff members to connect with the residents and hear their personal stories about their journey to recovery. At The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), the team is dedicated to helping individuals rebuild their life through a holistic, residential, faith-based, work therapy program that replaces self-defeating habits with more productive and meaningful activities. 

For more information and immediate assistance, call the Salvation Army ARC 24-hour helpline at 313-965-7760 ext. 234 or visit 1627 W. Fort St., Detroit MI 48216 – transportation and immediate admission available. To learn more about all of their programs and services, visit their website here.

Peer Recovery Coaching Presentation at PCCS

The Growth Works’ mission is best lived out in the community, bringing a message of Hope to those in need. Growth Works is proud to partner with the Northwest Wayne Chapter of Families Against Narcotics (FAN) to speak about substance use, addiction, and the journey to recovery. Growth Works and FAN have resources for individuals and families struggling with substance use. We want to ensure community members are familiar with the resources and can easily access them in their time of need. Peer Recovery Coaches from Growth Works and FAN team members presented to Plymouth Canton Community School students and shared their personal stories. Sarah, Jamaine and Cole have all faced personal struggles with addiction and are now working as Peer Recovery Coaches to help others on their journey to recovery. We want to thank our incredible Peer Recovery Coaches and our Partners at Families Against Narcotics for helping bring a message of Hope to those in need.

If you would like to learn about Peer Recovery Coaching or have a Peer Recovery Coach speak to your organization or school, please contact us today!

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Conference

Western Wayne County took a major step forward when it comes to Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness. Over a week long period, the Western Wayne Suicide Prevention Coalition hosted five events to bring training, resources, keynote speakers and community partners together to support those on the front lines. On November 8th, more than 200 individuals were trained in QPR at the St. John’s Resort in Plymouth. The purpose of this training is to help save lives and ensure that all members of the community can recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone for help. The group was a representation of area school districts and included staff from food service, transportation, aides and para-professionals, hall monitors, school resource officers, as well as members of the board and administration, with the goal of providing training to everyone who interacts with students throughout their day. At Schoolcraft College in Livonia, more than 200 school social workers, counselors, psychologists, behavioral health specialists and community members participated in a Mental Health Conference with break out sessions hosted by community partners and a community resource fair. This all-day event was designed with school mental health care teams in mind and offered CE’s and SCECH’s for credit toward various forms of licensure.

In addition to these events, the Coalition hosted three Family Matters parent series events with keynote speaker Matt Emerzian, from Every Monday Matters, about the importance of why they matter. Our families are essential to the growth and well-being of our youth, when we create strong connections and sustain relationships within our families, our youth thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. These events reached more than 70 community members and brought a lot of laughs to the Penn Theatre in Plymouth, the Redford Township District library, and Westland’s John Glenn High School.

We would like to give special recognition to our financial sponsors including Community Financial, Envision Healthcare, Gordon Advisors, Healthy Livonia, Kiwanis Club of Plymouth, Michigan Educational Credit Union, Redford Commission on Youth and Families, Schoolcraft College, and the South Redford School District. We would also like to thank our presenting sponsoring including DWIHN, Hegira Health, Lincoln Behavioral Services, New Hope Center for Grief Support, Six Feet Over, SPN Survivors, Trinity Health, and QPR Training Teams. And none of this would have been possible without Syndee Malek and Alice Reinke, the driving force behind all of this incredible work to support our community.

The Western Wayne Suicide Prevention Coalition will continue to collaboratively address youth suicide prevention, support mental health, and aim for zero completed youth suicides within the seven Western Wayne School Districts. Thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing more resources and events with you in the coming months.