Human Trafficking: The Second Largest Criminal Enterprise

(OneNation Media Services, Inc.) – Human trafficking, two words that many may think only happens in impoverished countries, however it can hit a lot closer to home. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Human Trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise. As January is recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, agencies across the country are working diligently to educate communities about this growing epidemic. In 2016 alone, 249 cases of human trafficking were reported in Michigan, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.…

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PROJECT ALPHA: A Sexual Responsibility Workshop for Teen Males

Local young men will have the opportunity to talk “man-to-man” about issues of sexuality as they take part in a daylong workshop sponsored by the Epsilon Upsilon Lambda and Theta Tau Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Project Alpha will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Mott Community College Workforce Development Center located at 709 North Saginaw Street in Flint. The workshop will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Project Alpha is a national program, designed to help young men make better and more informed choices…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Flint Public Library

The Flint Public Library will be open Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Programming that day will feature several events, including a craft activity –  “Peace Hands” – in the Children’s Learning Place at 1:00 p.m. prior to the 33rd Annual Community Celebration from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a special salute to Mr. John Rhymes. The Community Celebration program will feature keynote speaker, Isaiah Oliver, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Ja’Nel Jamerson, Executive Directive of…

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint to Host 12th Annual Mentoring Inspiration Breakfast

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Flint will host its 12th Annual Mentoring Inspiration Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15 at the Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, 4100 S. Saginaw Street. Registration is from 8:00-8:30 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m. The purpose of the breakfast is to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through the promotion of mentorship and service to the community. Mr. Shawn Blanchard will be the keynote speaker. Blanchard has led city-wide youth initiatives and served as the liaison between the White House and…

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We’re Looking for Community Champions!

The Flint Courier is looking for community champions to spotlight in our weekly print and online edition. Is there an individual or organization in your neighborhood dedicated to helping make Flint a better place to live, work and play? Let us know. Email your submission to cpsacouriernews@yahoo.com or call our office at (810) 234-8770.

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Chase the Music Donates Instruments to Flint Youth

Thanks to a generous gift from Chase the Music, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization, youth at Y Safe Places will have a reason to make sweet music. On Friday, Dec.22, the organization delivered dozens of instruments to the free afterschool program that serves local youth. Chase the Music is dedicated to helping children make music and decided to send the instruments to Flint youth after seeing how music helped youth in their community of Lyons, Colorado. “I think it’s great to give the gift of music to get our young people…

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Michigan Minimum Wage Earners to See Pay Increase

Michigan workers who earn minimum wage will see larger paychecks next year. Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage rate will increase from $8.90 to $9.25 an hour. This is the final scheduled increase provided for in Public Act 138, the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act (WOWA) of 2014. The law generally applies to Michigan employers with two or more employees, age 16 and older. Certain provisions of Act 138 include a youth training wage, which allows an employer to pay a newly hired employee age 16 to 19-years-old $4.25 per…

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Flint Youth Find Path to Employment with HYPE Program

When Angela Lots relocated from Chicago to Flint two years ago, she brought with her a program that would help place local youth on the path to success. HYPE (Helping Young People to Employment) is the flagship program of Faith Foundation Resources, a nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to providing, low income and at-risk individuals tools to get to the next stage in life. For Flint youth, the program has provided a pathway to employment. “We prepare our students to be work-ready,” said Lots. “We don’t demand that employers hire our…

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