Media Stories 2014

Region's Art 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 in DeYoung Natural Area

Leelanau Conservancy, December 18, 2014

In the spring of 2015, a Universal Access trail at DeYoung Natural Area will be open. The 480-foot boardwalk is currently being constructed by the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps.

SEEDS to Get National Award

The Ticker, December 16, 2014

Local nonprofit SEEDS will be presented with a "2015 Project of the Year Award" at a ceremony in Washington D.C. as part of the annual conference of the Corps Network.

2015 Project of the Year: SEEDS GURLS Corps!

The Corps Network, December 12, 2014

GURLS Corps! - which stands for Girls United in Resilience, Leadership, and Service - recruits young women from Elements; a CFS program that teaches independent living skills

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 16, 2014

"What a place Traverse City is a-coming to be!" 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 May 9, 2014.

A Different Kind of Summer Vacation

National Trust for Historic Preservation, October 15, 2014

Kevin Summer, of SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps, led a five-member crew on a project to rehabilitate the historic Goffar Barn within the Port Oneida Rural Historic District of the Lakeshore. 

SEEDS, National Park Service Partnership Streamlined

Traverse City Record Eagle, October 12, 2014

SEEDS has received 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. 

8th Street Facelift Begins Friday

The Ticker, September 11, 2014

Volunteers will give East Eighth Street some much needed love on Friday as they mow, edge, sweep, plant and trim along the street and adorn each side with potted mums.

SEEDS in Traverse City Promotes Green Education in Northern Michigan 

My North, August 19, 2014

With crews of enthusiastic teens constructing trails and rebuilding barns 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". 

Port Oneida Fair: 21st Century Workers, 19th Century Skills

Glen Arbor Sun, August 4, 2014

A crew of five young adults are restoring part of Leelanau County's past. They are bringing new life to the old Goffar Barn.

New Observation Deck Built to Protect Endangered Species

Up North Live, July 16, 2014

Students from Kalkaska and Leelanau County constructed the deck at Old Settlers Park. The students harvested and milled Black Locust wood, an invasive species in the area to build the deck.

SEEDS Receives $20K Grant for Health

The Ticker, July 4, 2014

Local nonprofit 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.

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

Second Wave, May 20, 2014

This SEEDS program teaches students to buy and cook nutritious meals, all according to government standards, for under $2 a meal.

Folk Music Meets the iPod Generation

The Northern Express, May 4, 2014

"In 1938, musical archivist Alan Lomax traveled throughout Michigan, recording more than 900 songs on his Presto audio recorder for the Library of Congress. From the blues of Detroit to maritime tunes, lumberjack chants to love ballads, Lomax captured the state’s musical traditions on his machine, which recorded audio directly to vinyl. Today, two local organizations are exposing these 75-year-old recordings to a whole new – but digitally obsessed – generation."

Folk Music Collector Inspires Concert with a 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 traditional culture and food in the community.

Video: Alan Lomax-Inspired Concert Features Northern Michigan Students

My North, 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 from Earthwork Music, including Seth Bernard and Joshua Davis, joined forces to produce a concert of original folk music.  Find the video here.

SEEDS Program Organizing Beach Cleanup

Manistee News Advocate,  April 22, 2014

SEEDS Green Leadership is a student-led group dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment while educating the community about sustainability and the conservation of resources. 

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 on a special project.

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