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2017 News

SEEDS Launches Energy Farm Exhibits at Historic Barns Park

MYNORTH - May 16, 2017
SEEDS and the Recreational Authority partner to launch the Energy Farm at the Historic Barns Park with the installation of the first two energy exhibits.

Building Skills and Resilience

Freemont Area Community Foundation - April 11, 2017
For one group of local teens, last year’s summer job included trail construction and supporting the recovery of an endangered butterfly species.

Partnership Stories

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy - March 29, 2017
When it came time to build a small viewing deck at Green Point Dunes, which offers some of the best views of any of GTRLC’s preserves, Steve Lagerquist had plenty of options. He could have hired a general contractor, of course, and the deck would have turned out just fine. But what if there was a way to achieve some other positive outcomes along the way?

Possible Federal Budget Cuts Concern Local Non-Profits

7 & 4 News - February 27, 2017
SEEDS works on projects with ecology and education, and while it would not shut its doors if it lost AmeriCorps members, it would be a negative for the community.

Person Of The Week: Leticia Rocha

MI News 26 - January 26, 2017 
Celebrated for the winning The Corps Network 2017 Corps Member of the Year, Leticia Rocha is named Person of the Week and talks about her experience working with SEEDS for over five years.

2017 Corpsmember of the Year: Leticia Rocha

The Corps Network
During her five years with SEEDS, Leticia Rocha has gained skills in historic restoration, lead abatement, construction and trail-building. She has earned AmeriCorps Education Awards and several industry-recognized credentials. Leticia carries herself with a quiet confidence and strength that her peers naturally gravitate towards.

2016 News

Keweenaw Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Council Awards Grant Moneys to Youth

Daily Mining Gazette - November 25, 2016
The Youth Advisory Council recieved funding to help certify young workers supporting "green collar" jobs in Keweenaw County. Students will help with repair and reconstruction of historic sites in the Upper Peninsula's National Parks.

Behind the Scenes of UP's National Parks

Upper Michigan News Source - August 25, 2016
In order to preserve the historic nature of many of the Upper Peninsula's National Parks, the Keweenaw National Historic Park has partnered with SEEDS to hire local high school students to help with masonry repair and work at the various heritage sites.

Empowering Youth to Create Change

Michigan Good Food - August 4, 2016
A unique Traverse City youth program, "The Quest," uses creative expression to help youth connect to the local food movement and find their voices for change.

Traverse City Nonprofit Helps Young Women Gain Work Experience Learn Healthy Habits

9&10 News - August 3, 2016
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps Bike Team has given participating youth reliable transportation and healthy habits, along with work expereince. 

Cooking Demonstrations Debut at Farmers Market

Traverse City Ticker - July 27, 2016
Free cooking demonstrations have been added to the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market after SEEDS, Grow Benzie, and the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority recieved a grant from the Northwest Food and Farming Network.


Daily Mining Gazette - July 22, 2016
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has formed a formal partnership with the BHK Child Development Center, employing youth from Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties for historic restoration and preservation work.

SEEDS and Brick Wheels Form a Partnership

Traverse City Ticker - July 21, 2016
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has partnered with local bike shop, Brick Wheels, to launch a unique bike team. This partnership is the first of its kind in the Midwest.

The Corps Network Awarded AmeriCorps National Direct Grants to Continue Opportunity Youth Service Initiative and Education Awards Program

The Corps Network - June 30, 2016
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has recieved an AmeriCorps National Direct Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Opportunity Youth Service Initiative. Corpsmembers will engage in environmental stewardship projects designed to promote energy efficiency in low-income housing and improve acess to public lands, trails and waterways. 

Mini Seed Grant Helps Jump-Star Projects

Traverse City Record-Eagle - June 17, 2016
SEEDS, Grow Benzie and the Downtown Development Authority partnered on a Food and Farming Network grant to bring food education opportunities to the Downtown Farmers Market.

Educator's Spotlight: Tara Ward

Grand Traverse Conservation District - January 25, 2016
Tara Ward, Lead Education Evaluator for SEEDS, works hard to provide students in the SEEDS after school program with opportunities to engage with nature by finding resources that compel students to search for details. 

2015 News

SEEDS Programs Empower Youth to Create Positive Change in their Community

Michigan Municipal League - December 21, 2015
Working within Northern Michigan, SEEDS is empowering at-risk youth to create solutions for at-risk landscapes and ecosystems through after school programs and the Youth Conservation Corps. 

Local Advocates Lead the Charge on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Production

Traverse City Record-Eagle - December 13, 2015
In Northern Michigan, utilities and nonprofits are working together to bring awareness of renewables, as well as implement local changes such as community solar and prioritize energy effiency over new building. 

Three Ways to Improve a Building's Energy Efficiency

Traverse City Record-Eagle - December 13, 2015
Together, Networks Northwest and SEEDS are releasing a report detailing the region's energy use and strategies to trim consumption.

Salzman Receives Frank Purvis Award

Traverse City Record-Eagle - November 25, 2015
SEEDS Executive Director, Sarna Salzman, receieved the Frank Purvis Stewardship Award in early November from the Grand Traverse County Planning Commission and Grand Traverse County Chaption of the Michigan Townships Association. She earned the award for her efforts to help municipalities, including Grand Traverse County, manage their energy use.

Calling Young Farmers

Traverse City Record-Eagle - October 23, 2015
Together with the Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network, SEEDS and the Great Lakes Bioneers are hosting "Putting Down Roots," a celebration of food and farming. It featured a presentation by Severine von Tscharner Fleming, an advocate for young farmers.

Irrigation Goes Solar

Traverse City Record-Eagle - September 20, 2015
Twelve solar panels were installed at the Historic Barns Park to carry water to the SEEDS Farm and the Traverse City Community Gardens. Since installation on June 19, the panels have reduced carbon dioxide emissions equal to burning 915 pounds of coal or 95.8 gallons of gasoline. 

Solar Irrigation Installed at Historic Barns Park

Traverse City Ticker - September 19, 2015
With the support of Consumers Energy Foundation, the pump which provides water to the SEEDS Farm and the Traverse City Community Gardens at the Historic Barns Park has been solarized. Northwestern Community College donated the 12 solar panels and Mike Schmerl of Panoramic Electric donated time and expertise.

Upfront Fridays: Interview with SEEDS

Up North Media - September 2, 2015
Juliana Lisuk, SEEDS Education Specialist, discusses the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market. SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members manage the market, assisting vendors and working with the SNAP benefits.

Crews Continue to Cleanup Storm Damage at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

9&10 News - August 12, 2015
After a large storm passed through the Northern Michigan region, crews have been hard at work cleaning up areas around the National Lakeshore. The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has been working with the Park Service to aid in the clean up.

MDHHS Partners with Forestry Service to Teach At-Risk Youth Job Skills

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services - August 6, 2015
This summer, Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative youth in Lake and Newaygo counties are participating in a program involving a partnership between the Lake/Newaygo County office of MDHHS, the US Forest SErvice, Michigan Works!, and SEEDS.

Developers Remove Invasives, Plant 2,000 Trees

Traverse City Record-Eagle - August 4, 2015
Local developer has hired the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members for the summer to remove invasive species at the new property and plant 2,000 trees.

Local Youth Preserve Historic Buildings

ABC10 Upper Peninsula - July 29, 2015
Youth Conservation Corps members in Calumet are working to restore the headquarters of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The project is part of the youth preservation training initiative from the National Trust for Historic Preservation called HOPE, or Hands On Preservation Experience.

Counting Down: Film Fest Gears Up For Tuesday Opening

Traverse City Record-Eagle - July 23, 2015
The Traverse City Film Festival gives SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members a unique experience, helping set up the festival and production equipment. The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps has been working to set up and helping set up the festival since its inaugural year. 

Checking In: Shelby Reflects on Experience and Skills Learned a Year After HOPE Crew

The National Historic Trust for Historic Preservation - July 13, 2015
SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps member uses her training experience in HOPE Crew working on the Historic Goffar Barn at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for new opportunities.

The Wilderness Society Forges New Partnership with KEEN and 21st Century Conservation Service Corps

The Wilderness Society - July 7, 2015
Keen Utility and the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps have forged a new partnership with the Wilderness Society to connect more youth with America's public lands through "Project Build," which will support the SEEDS Riparian Restoration team.

Youth Conservation Corps Expands

Traverse City Record-Eagle - June 3, 2015
The SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps will be expanding into Antrim County this summer with support from the Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

The Quest 2015: Students and Musicians in Northern Michigan

MyNorth - May 13, 2015
The Quest is a collaboration between Earthwork Music and SEEDS, and run through the SEEDS' after school program with students from Rapid City, Mesick, Kalkaska and Brethren. This year's Quest is focused on food, farming, and nutrition—culminating with a performance on July 2 at Milliken Auditorium.

Environmentalists Recognized at Annual Awards Ceremony

Traverse City Record-Eagle - April 25, 2015
As part of the NMEAC annual award ceremonies, SEEDS presented the 2015 Great Lake Bioneers Youth Leadership awards to local youth who have become catalysts of change in their community. Awardees exemplify an inclusive leadership style, as well as a "solve-the-whole-problem" approach.

SEEDS GURLS Corps! in Traverse City

MyNorth - February 3, 2015
Before heading off to Washington D.C. to recieve their award, MyNorth asked Savanna Crowell, one of the five girls from GURLS Corps!, to write about her experiences as a member of the group. Savanna is the youngest member, and says taht she hopes to return to GURLS Corps! next summer.

SEEDS Team to be Honored in D.C.

Traverse City Record-Eagle - January 24, 2015
"It made me stronger, smarter, and brave. We all worked as a team," said Cheyenne Crowell of working on the nationally-honored SEEDS GURLS Corps! - the all-girls Youth Conservation Corps crew. The project, a partnership with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan and funded through the Biederman Foundation, was developed to motivate girls who are aging out of the foster care system to think more positively about their future.

Traverse City Foster Youth Win National Conservation Award

Interlochen Public Radio - January 6, 2015
A group of teens and young adults in Traverse City has won a national award recognizing their conservation work in northern Michigan. The group, The GURLS Corps!, is a Youth Conservation Corps crew made up of youth from Michigan's foster care system. 

2014 News

Region's Arts Organizations Get $506,000 in State Funding

Traverse City Record-Eagle - December 25, 2014
More than a dozen Grand Traverse region arts organizations received grant awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. SEEDS has been granted $16,500 for a music and art education program in local schools.

Universal Access Trail Underway DeYoung Natural Area

Leelanau Conservancy - December 18, 2014
In the spring of 2015, a Universal Access trail at DeYoung Natural Area will be open. People with strollers and wheelchairs will be able to enjoy the quarter-mile loop on the lakeside portion of DeYoung Natural Area. The 480-foot boardwalk is currently being constructed by the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps.

SEEDS to Get National Award

Traverse City Ticker - December 16, 2014
SEEDS will be presented with a "2015 Project of the Year Award" at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on February 11th as part of the annual conference of the Corps Network, a national association of over 125 Conservation Corps from around the country.

2015 Project of the Year: SEEDS' GURLS Corps!

The Corps Network - December 12, 2014
A team of five young women from the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps have been presented with a "2015 Project of the Year Award" by The Corps Network, a national association of over 125 Conservation Corps from around the country. The project, entitled "GURLS! Corps - Girls United for Resilience, Leadership, and Service," was created through a partnership with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan to provide opportunities for teenagers aging out of the foster care system, and was supported financially by the Biederman Foundation.

Career-Tech Center to Offer New Apprenticeships

Traverse City Record-Eagle - November 7, 2014
The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's Career-Tech Center (CTC) will offer apprenticeship opportunities with SEEDS to provide CTC students in the building trades, agriculture and culinary programs with education and job skills development through community projects.

Career-Tech Center and SEEDS Partner to Offer Green Student Apprenticeships

The Benzie County Record Patriot - November 4, 2014
The Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District's Career-Tech Center (CTC) recently announced a partnership with SEEDS to provide CTC students in the building trades, agriculture and culinary programs with apprenticeship opportunities. The investment in the program by the two organizations will enhance education and work experience beyond what CTC and SEEDS already offer.

Questing with Alan Lomax

Great Folks - October 30, 2014
A new generation has discovered Alan Lomax's recordings and made them their own. The Quest - A Celebration of Community, was an innovative after-school arts program serving seven underserved northwest lower Michigan schools that culminated in a grand finale concert on May 9th at the City Opera House in Traverse City.

A Different Kind of Summer Vacation: HOPE Crew Helps Historic Barns

National Trust's PreservationNation Blog - October 16, 2014
With help from craft expert, Steve Stier of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a crew of five young people in the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps worked on a project to rehabilitate the historic Goffar Barn within the Port Onieda Rural Historic District of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Local 4-H Youth Participate in National Youth Science Day

The Leader and the Kalkaskian - October 15, 2014
Kalkaska County youth in the SEEDS After School program conducted a Rockets to the Rescue expirament at Rapid City Elementary, responding to a fictional scenario. The program is part of 4-H NYSD, and interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

SEEDS, National Park Service Partnership Streamlined

Traverse City Record-Eagle - October 12, 2014
SEEDS has recieved a five-year cooperative agreement with the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps program, a national initiative that works to engage youth to protect, restore and enhance the outdoors. Already working under a strong relationship with the National Park Service, officials from both sides say that the new agreement will streamline logistics for future projects.

SEEDS Enters Agreement With National Park Service

Traverse City Ticker - October 3, 2014
SEEDS has been selected to enter into a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps program. The program engages both young people and veterans in meaningful work and gives the opportunity to gain personal and professional skills while building a lifelong connection to the outdoors.

Eighth Street Facelift Begins Friday

Traverse City Ticker - September 11, 2014
To mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, ten local volunteers from SEEDS are coming together to take a pledge of commitment and participate in a four-hour work bee to prepare for the restriping of 8th Street.

SEEDS in Traverse City Promotes Green Education in Northern Michigan

MyNorth - August 19, 2014
With crews of enthusiastic teens constructing trails and rebuilding historic buildings in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and programs promoting eco-conscious living for all, Northern Michigan non-profit, SEEDS, is investing its energy in a greener, cleaner future.

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps Has Teens Excited to Work

Traverse City Record-Eagle - August 10, 2014
SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps members can't wait until Monday mornings. The Youth Corps is geared towards young adults, ages 16-24, who are challenged by poverty, isolation and lack of opportunity. "Waking up at six o'clock in the morning knowing I'm going to hang out with friends and have a good time, it's just about the best thing you can do," said Cheyanne Galley, 17. "It's better than sitting at home."

21st Century Workers, 19th Century Skills 

Glen Arbor Sun - August 4, 2014
A crew of five young-adults are restoring Port Oneida's historic Goffar Barn, a 30-foot by 40-foot timber frame in Glen Arbor Township. The restoration is a cooperative project between the National Lakeshore and SEEDS' traditional building skills Youth Corps program. The SEEDS worker-students are part of the Hands-On Preservation Experience (HOPE) project.

New Observation Deck Built to Protect Endangered Flower 

UpNorthLive - July 16, 2014
A dedication ceremony for a new observation deck on Glen Lake was held to celebrate the multiple environmental benefits it created. The deck overlooks the endangered Michigan monkey-flower, and was built out of black locust wood—and invasive species.

SEEDS Recieves $20k Grant for Health 

Traverse City Ticker - July 4, 2014
SEEDS has received a $20,000 grant from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the General Mills Foundation to improve youth nutrition and physical activity behaviors in the community. The grant will allow SEEDS to implement "Food-Shed, Fitness, and Fun" to help students and their families find motivation to develop healthy eating habits and incorporate daily phsyical activity as a way of life.

Funding Puts Halt on Programs 

Traverse City Record-Eagle - June 1, 2014
Funding cuts will halt nine of 10 SEEDS after school programs that focused on outreach and education in Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Kalkaska middle and high schools. New programs, however, will begin in the fall at elementary schools in Brethren, Rapid City and Mesick.

Hunger Games is No Game, But Serious Business to Students

Northwest Michigan's Second Wave - May 20, 2014
The SEEDS Hunger Games in Manistee teaches participating After School students how to put together meals under a stringent budget. The students are given a price-per-meal guideline, laid out by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and offered tips on what to look for. After the shopping, the students are taught to cook their meals, while the guest judge of the month names the winning group.

Folk Music Collector Inspires Concert With Twist

Traverse City Record-Eagle - April 25, 2014
Students in the SEEDS After School program have been rehearsing for months, learning traditional songs—as well as writing their own—in preparation for the May 9 celebration of community, The Quest. To help kids prepare, SEEDS staff have been teaching classes on local history, taking kids to local historical museums, interviewing elders in the community, and exploring traditionl culture and food in the community.

Video: Alan Lomax-Inspired Concert Features Northern Michigan Students

MyNorth, Online Home of Traverse the Magazine - April 23, 2014
With the tunes of Alan Lomax's 1938 recordings of Michigan folk musicians ringing in their ears, students from several Northern Michigan schools and a few singer-songwriter mentors have joined forces to produce a concert of original folk music.

SEEDS Program Organizing Beach Clean-Up

Manistee News Advocate - April 22, 2014
The SEEDS Green Leadership team is a student-led group that is dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment, while educating the community about sustainability and the conservation of resources. This group of young people is working to inspire generations and get them involved in making the world a better place, starting with the Fifth Avenue Beach on April 24, 2014.

The Quest—A Youth Celebration of Community

Manistee News Advocate - April 8, 2014
The SEEDS After School students have been working with the Earthwork Music Collective and Blackbird Arts on a special program to honor the 75th anniversary celebration of Alan Lomax's field recordings of Michigan Folk Music for the Library of Congress. The final performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on May 9 at the City Opera House in Traverse City.

Women and Environment: Highlights

Sustainable TC - February 12, 2014
Students from the Benzie Central High School SEEDS After School program attended the Women and Environment Symposium in Grand Rapids, hosted by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

Forum: TCL&P, TCSaves and What It Means To You

Traverse City Record-Eagle - February 7, 2014
Tim Arends, Executive Director of Traverse City Light & Power, identifies TCSaves and energy efficiency as one of the utility's main focuses moving forward. In 2012, TCL&P exceeded the state-mandated energy efficiency goal by 62%, saving over 4.1 kilowatt hours of electricity, which is the equivalent of powering 628 Traverse City homes for an entire year.


2013 News:

AmeriCorps VISTA Members Receiving Little Pay Due to Shutdown

9&10 News-October 16, 2013
The federal shutdown is having a large impact on some young people in northern Michigan. AmeriCorps VISTA members work for non-profits for a year, all while living on a stipend that covers just their necessities. As the shutdown continues, AmeriCorps VISTAs are only receiving some of their pay while they are required to continue their work.

Shutdown cuts paycheck for AmeriCorps members

Traverse City Record-Eagle-October 11, 2013
Members of AmeriCorps Vista, a national service program that aims to fight poverty by matching volunteers with nonprofit groups, are gaining anxiety as their wages are being withheld during the government shutdown. 

Public-Private Energy Partnership Hailed

The Traverse City Ticker - September 30, 2013
In 2010, Traverse City Light & Power, MLUI, SEEDS, the Department of Energy, Michigan Saves, and local contractors launched TCSaves—a program to help residents save energy and money. MLUI says TCSaves has improved energy efficiency of 550 homes in Traverse City since then.

Benefits of rain gardens taking root across district

Pittsburgh Post Gazette-September 16, 2013
SEEDS rain garden client, GTECH Strategies, recieved first place recognition from the Three Rivers Rain Garden Alliance for the rain garden they helped create in the parking lot of the Millvale Municipal Building. 

Concert pays homage to local activist

Traverse City Record-Eagle-July 11, 2013
The SEEDS School of Rock campers prepared for the concert this week at Twin Lakes Park with the help of musicians from Earthwork Music Collective. Campers’ work will be on display during the concert at the City Opera House, where they will play a collection of songs they wrote along with several tunes selected by Bob Russell, to whom the show is dedicated.

SEEDS Summer Day Camp teaches students to expand their horizons

Manistee News Advocate-June 12, 2013
Pam Ayres of BlackBird Arts in Traverse City leads the students taking part in the SEEDS Summer Day Camp Program through an exercise to create personal journals. The summer day camp gives students from Manistee County the opportunity to experience a wide variety of educational activities they normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to experience.

Photo of the Day

Traverse City Record-Eagle-May 23, 2013
SEEDS students play their guitars as Graham Parsons, with Earthwork Music, teaches them how to play a song by musician Pat Carroll. The songs were played at a listening party for Pat Carroll's new album, "Glow in the Dark."

Leadership Profile: Sarna Salzman

Michigan Nightlight-May 21, 2013
Sarna Salzman refers to her executive directorship as that of a professional networker, facilitating connections that strengthen ties between ecology, education, and design. 

Uniting the community with food

Manistee News Advocate-May 18, 2013
Kevin Summers, SEEDS Manistee High School Site Coordinator, is in charge of the Manistee Farmers Market. Summers is happy to see SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps students actively involved in the market.

Community, children groups collaborate to clean up park

The Leader and the Kalkaskian-May 8, 2013
Several community children’s groups in the Kalkaska area, including the Kalkaska Middle School SEEDS program, joined together recently in a pick-up and clean-up effort at Chalker Park, as known to children as the “Imagination Station.”

Recipe of the Week: Trout Ceviche

Traverse City Record-Eagle-May 2, 2013
The Kalkaska SEEDS program created and served this Trout Ceviche recipe during the 77th National Trout Festival’s Taste of Trout competition in Kalkaska. For their efforts, SEEDS brought home the title of “Most Creative Use of Trout.”

NMEAC honors local activists

Traverse City Record-Eagle-April 27, 2013
Carter Schmidt and his family received one of the Youth Ambassador Awards from the Great Lakes Bioneers of Traverse City, which presented three awards during the 2013 NMEAC Environmentalist of the Year awards.

Planting SEEDS of community: After-school programs support local youth

Northwest Michigan's Second Wave-April 23, 2013
"Yup, all activities are free!" That creed is splashed across the SEEDS website. And Bill Watson wants families to know about it.

Manistee County schools celebrate 43rd Annual Earth Day

Manistee News Advocate-April 22, 2013
Manistee High School students in the SEEDS group took the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day with a variety of booths focused on the environment. 

Competition offers students real-world experience

Benzie County Record Patriot-April 16, 2013
SEEDS students from Frankfort and Benzie Central High Schools have been hard at work building an underwater remote vehicle (ROV), and designing the craft to compete with others from around northern Michigan.

Water Fest Set for April 12

Grand Traverse Insider-April 8, 2013
The Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative team at Benzie Central High School includes Josh Stoltz, SEEDS Benzie Central Site Coordinator. The GTSI team has created a year-long stewardship project for their high school students in collaboration with the Benzie County Water Festival.

Northern Michigan Events: Third Annual Benzie County Water Festival 4, 2013
The Benzie County Water Festival seeks to attract, entertain, educate, and activate individuals and groups within the community. This is a family-oriented, community-centered event that has fostered education, engagement, and networking in a rare and valuable way. SEEDS After School sponsored the pizza dinner available for purchase at the event.

Traverse City students learn healthy cooking

Traverse City Record-Eagle-March 15, 2013
Teens diced onions, fried turkey bacon and learned how to prepare nutrition-minded meals during a Cooking Matters class at Traverse City High School. The course is a collaboration between multiple community groups, including SEEDS, Traverse City Area Public Schools and the Michigan State University Extension Office.

Creative Learning

Grand Traverse Insider-February 25, 2013
Area students prepare for FIRST Robotics district competition. SEEDS sponsors several robotics teams at our after school sites, including the Suttons Bay High School “Norsemen” team.

LiveWell Expo aims for a healthier Manistee

Manistee News Advocate-February 21, 2013
Kevin Summers, Manistee High School SEEDS After School Site Coordinator, is one of the members of the Healthy Manistee County Coalition who has been working on the LiveWell Expo.

Local students to go to D.C. climate rally

Traverse City Record-Eagle-February 15, 2013
A full bus of 56 dedicated activists and students traveled to Washington, D.C., from Traverse City, MI, to join nearly 50,000 others at the Forward On Climate Rally. SEEDS brought 14 students along for this historic journey!


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