Claressa Shields Shares Her Spiritual Journey with Flint’s Area Youth

By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Young Life of Genesee County hosted Flint’s own, Super Middleweight Champion, Claressa Shields Monday, Feb. 12 at Bethel United Methodist Church. Shields came to speak to Flint’s youth about the importance of having faith in Jesus Christ. Shields (T-Rex), was born and raised in Flint and graduated from Northwestern High School in 2013. She was introduced to boxing by her father Bo Shields who also was a boxer. By the time she was 11-years-old, she began to pursue boxing at Flint’s Berston…

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Mayor Weaver Honored by Rainbow PUSH and AFL-CIO

FLINT, Mich. – Mayor Karen Weaver pictured with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton was honored at the 21st Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit in New York City on February 9. Mayor Weaver was also honored February 10 in Southfield, Michigan by the Michigan Council 25 American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO at the union’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony.

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Local Teens Graduate from TeenQuest Pre-Employment Training Program

FLINT, Mich. – More than 90 high school students from Flint and Genesee County recently graduated from TeenQuest, a leadership and pre-employment training program that prepares teens, ages 14-19, for the workplace by teaching them soft skills, interview techniques and financial literacy. As graduates of the program, the teens will be invited to attend a private job fair next year with employers participating in the Summer Youth Initiative, which helps coordinate employment opportunities. TeenQuest is managed by the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce. TeenQuest and SYI are made by…

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Your Health Lecture: Toxic Stress & Resilience

FLINT, Mich. – Toxic Stress and Resilience: Shifting the balance toward wellness is the topic of the Your Health Lecture Series Thursday, February 22 at 7 p.m. in the Mott Community College (MCC) Event Center. Dr. Lauren O’Connell will discuss the impact of adverse life experiences in childhood on lifelong health, how toxic stress changes our bodies and what protective factors help build resilience in children and families. O’Connell is the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician at Hurley Children’s Center, a Pediatric Health Services Researcher, and Assistant Professor for the Michigan State…

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Local Family Says Faith Made the Difference Following Diagnosis

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Minister Donald Alston said years of poor eating habits combined with a family history of high blood pressure are what led to the breaking point in his life. When the dangerous combination finally caught up with him, the medical diagnosis wasn’t good. In fact, it was bleak. “I was told by my physician that I should get ready to plan my funeral,” said Alston, 39. The diagnosis was the wake-up call that demanded an immediate lifestyle change, including blood pressure medication,…

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Women’s Boxing Champion Claressa Shields to Share Importance of Faith with Flint Students

FLINT, Mich. – Young Life of Genesee County will host a free presentation by Flint’s own Super Middleweight Women’s Champion Claressa Shields Monday, Feb. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Hwy. Shields will be sharing the importance of her faith with Flint area high school students. All Flint area high school students are invited to attend. Young Life is a world-class non-profit mentoring organization for youth serving Flint area teens and pre-teens for more than 50 years. “Claressa Shields is truly an inspiration for…

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Dedicated Believers Ministries Awarded $10k to Teach African-American Arts & Culture

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – Dedicated Believers Ministries has received two grant awards totaling $10,260 to continue its Art Education Outreach program in 2018. The program introduces African-American artists, artworks, and history to K-12 students in North Flint. The program is available as an after school offering to students attending Brownell STEM Academy, Doyle-Ryder Elementary, Holmes STEM Academy, and Flint Northwestern High School. Program funders include the Ruth Mott Foundation, Crim Fitness Foundation, and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. Pastor Anthony and Davida Artis, who founded Dedicated…

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The Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Announced

By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – A press conference was held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Flint Public Library to officially announce the 2018 inductees to the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame. The newly honored inductees are Mance Broome Sr., Terry Crews, Norman J. Graham Jr., Keith Gray, Lisa Horne, Ervin Leavy Jr., Beecher High School, 1985 Basketball Team and Flint Southwestern, 1975 Track Team. Founder Norm Bryant announced the six individuals and two teams that made up the group. Broome was a two-way starter…

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Researchers Conclude Legionnaires Outbreak Linked to Change in Water Supply

Flint, Mich. – A research team with the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) has found that the majority of Legionnaires’ disease cases that occurred during the 2014-15 outbreak in Genesee County can be attributed to the change in the City of Flint’s drinking water supply to the Flint River. The team’s findings are based on detailed statistical analysis of multiple datasets. The researchers also found that the specific strain of Legionella isolated from Flint residences as part of FACHEP’s sampling in 2016 is not readily detected by…

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