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4 Aug

Trauma, community resilience are focus of Flint grants to local nonprofits

FLINT, MI – Leon El-Alamin wants it to be known that Flint is a community that’s seen trauma on many levels. As the executive director and founder of M.A.D.E Institute, a nonprofit that helps people returning to society after incarceration and at-risk youth, he’s aware of the impact it can have and why trauma-informed programming […]

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19 Jun

Rayshard Brooks opened up about the struggles of life after incarceration in an interview before his death

(CNN)”You get treated like an animal.” Those were the words of 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks who was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer this month. Brooks spoke those words in February, just a few months before his death, during an interview he gave to a company called Reconnect, which focuses on fighting incarceration. The company […]

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19 Jun

Returning citizens program gets critical infusion of support

Returning home can be a bumpy process for many returning citizens. Too often times they come home to homelessness and face elevated employment, health and mental health challenges, according to M.A.D.E. Institute’s Executive Director Leon El-Alamin. Homes mean hope for many formerly incarcerated men and women “When basic needs like housing aren’t met, individuals are at […]

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19 Jun

Consumers Energy Foundation gives money to support social justice and racial equality

JACKSON, Mich. – Consumers Energy Foundation is providing $100,000 ti support Black Lives Matter movement, fight racism, shape systemic change and create opportunities in Michigan. The company says the money is apart of their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more SEND US SOMETHING GOOD! Consumers Energy says this move in part because of […]

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8 Sep

Flint activist reflects on gun violence in his community

As people across the country continue to wrap their heads around this weekend’s mass shootings, advocates are raising awareness to gun violence in their own communities. 2019 year to date statistics from the Michigan State Police Major Crimes Unit shows so far 16 people died from shootings in the city of Flint. And there were […]

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8 Sep

We’re old news, but we’re still living this’ — mistrust still flows in Flint

Flint, Mich. — An outsider walking through neighborhoods on this city’s north side might not see much to feel optimistic about. On block after block, houses stand abandoned and burned out. Weed-choked empty parcels dot the streetscape. Schools and churches are boarded up. But neighborhood leaders like Leon El-Alamin and Timothy Abdul-Matin don’t see hopelessness […]

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8 Sep

Social Impact Fund

Health doesn’t begin at the doctor’s office. When people don’t have stable homes, nutritious food, good schools or clean air and water, their health suffers. The differences among neighborhoods can be dramatic: The life expectancy of two people living just a few miles apart can differ by as much as 20 years. The American Heart […]

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8 Sep

Rep. Dan Kildee

Say’s: The MADE Institute betters our community by working with at-risk-youth and returning citizens, helping them get good-paying jobs and re-enter the community. I’m so grateful for their work and commitment to our city.

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8 Sep

Leon’s journey: From drug dealer to community leader – Thrive Global

At 18, Leon Wilson was getting quite a reputation for selling cocaine in the Pierson neighborhood on the North Side of Flint, Michigan. His name started ringing through the streets, eventually reaching Leon Parks. His dad. Father and son hadn’t seen each other in about six years. When they reunited, Leon Wilson expected an explanation […]

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25 Jun

M.A.D.E Institute hoping to build female transitional house in Flint

The communities that they may have once have destroyed, the individuals are now coming back to be a part of the rebuilding stage of it,” Leon El-Alamin said. He’s the creator and Executive Director of the M.A.D.E. Institute in Flint, an organization that helps transition people from prison back into our communities. A passion for […]

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