Community Cookout Announcement

Two Great Towns, One Great Community Cookout

In collaboration with the Young Professionals of Albion and Youngish Professionals of Marshall, the Albion-Marshall Resilient Community Project (AMRCP) will be hosting a community cookout at Ketchum Park [731 Montgomery St, Marshall, MI 49068] on Saturday, August 26th, to celebrate our two great towns. The family friendly event will run from 11:00am to 1:30pm, and is open to all.

From the long line-up of grills, hamburgers, hotdogs, and condiments will be provided at no cost. Complimentary water will also be available, in addition to an ice-cream sundae bar of child-dream-like proportions. To further add to the flavor of the event, the event planners are excited to announce they are teaming up with Gina’s Pizza and Deli of Albion, to further fill that belly of yours. Interested in bringing a favorite side dish or featuring a coveted family desert? Please do! With the close of summer fast approaching, it’s time to sneak in as many warm-weather recipes as possible.

In classic cookout fashion, a community kick-ball game will be held to offer up some nostalgic fun for all. If your days of giving the big red playground ball a boot are over, Trout Unlimited will also be present to offer fly casting demos and to share more about the great natural resources within Albion and Marshall. The Young and Youngish Professionals have some other fun surprises up their sleeves too, but you will have to show up to see and experience it for yourself!

If you are able to attend this great event, please register by Thursday, August 24th at amrcp.org/registration/ under the “8/26 – Cookout – Ketchum Park” header (to help the organizers plan ahead for food). Please feel free to come even if you are unable to register, and bring your favorite recipe along to contribute to the AMRCP Community Cookbook that is in the works!

If Albion residents are looking to carpool or in need of a ride, free transportation will be provided by our friends at Albion College. Seating is limited, so please call 1-800-837-5591 to reserve your seat. Pick up will be at the Library (501 S. Superior St., Albion, MI) at 10:30am and the Snyder Building (1300 Cooper St. Albion, MI) at 10:45am.

The AMRCP and YPCs hope to see you on the 26th, hope your bellies are ready to be filled (lunch will be served at noon), and hope you are ready for a carefree afternoon of fun. Again, all are welcome, and please help spread the word!

For more information, visit the Youngish Professionals Committee of Marshall’s blog at http://us14.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2e863c517653526edf9e0cce9&id=87f2ba1a69 

AUTHOR: Ian D. Stewart

Brave Spaces and Safe Spaces

The following information was provided by AMRCP Steering Committee member and parent of children in Marshall Public Schools, Keena Williams:

Safe spaces are spaces where we are surrounded by individuals we are comfortable with. They allow us to be our most authentic and vulnerable selves while showing empathy to those around us. Brave spaces ask us to be vulnerable, authentic, and empathetic with individuals we may not know well, or at all. Building on the successes of our children, who have shown tremendous courage and growth, the AMRCP is excited to invite adults in our communities to enter into dialogue with one another and aid one another in the process of our own healing.

Community Cookbook – Collecting Recipes!

We are collecting recipes for a Community Cookbook that will be given out later in the year. The cookbook will be a symbol of our communities coming together, sharing our cultures and family traditions.
Please share your favorite recipe with us at info@starr.org, message our Facebook page at facebook.com/amrcp, or give it us in person at one of our events. Please also include the city where you live.

Upcoming Events

Be on the lookout for financial literacy and other workshops, more community conversations, movie screenings and dialogues will continue this year. A second community book reading will also take place in the fall. Connect with us online and get on our email list by contacting info@starr.org or calling 1-800-837-5591!

— Thursday, August 24  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. —
Starr Commonwealth, Mawby Center
13725 Starr Commonwealth Road Albion, MI 49224

FREE CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED ON-SITE. Please call 517-629-5591 during regular business hours if you would like to use the childcare service. The event will be at the Mawby Center – the building on the right-hand side when you enter Starr’s campus.
This event is for adults only. In the coming months, the Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project (AMRCP) will host a Community Conversation that will be open to high school age students and up.
The Community Conversations are designed to facilitate open dialogue on how to move forward collectively after the annexation of Albion Public Schools by Marshall Public Schools. The goals of doing this are to provide awareness of one another’s reality, collaborate with one another to address issues, and build allies among parents and community members in Albion and Marshall.
Within each community, the AMRCP has offered a safe, yet brave space to express feelings, concerns, and fears, along with triumphs, joys, and hopes for the future. The project is now offering a space for members of both cities to come together to recognize a common ground in both communities, express concerns, and look ahead toward shared goals.
Building on the successes of our children, who have shown tremendous courage and growth, adults in both communities have begun the process of dialogue with one another to build relationships, provide healing, and to work for safe, equitable, and just education for all students from Albion and Marshall.
Throughout this process, the AMRCP steering committee will look at ways to engage community leadership in solutions, based on the feedback we receive from YOU, the community.
Please share this announcement with your family, friends, and anyone you know who has children who are/were a part of the annexation process. If you can attend, please register at amrcp.org/registration/ under “8/24 – Community Conversation”

As always, if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns, please email info@starr.org, or call 1-800-837-5591.

— Saturday, August 26  11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Served around Noon —
Ketchum Park, 731 Montgomery St., Marshall, MI 49068

Cookout at Ketchum Park

FREE TRANSPORTATION for residents of Albion who want to come. Limited seats – please call 1-800-837-5591 if you would like a ride. Pick up will be at the Library (501 S. Superior St., Albion, MI) at 10:30am and the Snyder Building (1300 Cooper St. Albion, MI) at 10:45am.

Come out and bring your family and friends for FREE food and fun! Join the Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project, the Youngish Professionals Committee of Marshall, and the Albion Young Professionals Group for a community celebration!
Lunch will be served around noon. Burgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, bottled water, and stuff for build your own ice cream sundaes will be provided. Feel free to bring a side dish, chips and/or dessert.
Also, please bring your favorite RECIPE for the AMRCP Community Cookbook!

If you can attend, please register by Thursday, August 24 at amrcp.org/registration/ under “8/26 – Cookout – Ketchum Park” in order to plan ahead for food. Please feel free to come even if you’re unable to register.

— Thursday, September 7  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. —
Starr Commonwealth, Mawby Center
13725 Starr Commonwealth Road Albion, MI 49224

FREE CHILDCARE WILL BE PROVIDED ON-SITE. Please call 517-629-5591 during regular business hours if you would like to use the childcare service. The event will be at the Mawby Center – on the right hand side when you enter Starr’s campus.
This event is for adults only. In the coming months, the Albion-Marshall Resilient Communities Project (AMRCP) will host a Community Conversation that will be open to high school age students and up.
The Community Conversations are designed to provide honest dialogue on how to move forward collectively after the annexation of Albion Public Schools by Marshall Public Schools. The goals of doing this are to provide awareness of our neighbor’s reality, collaborate with one another to address issues, and build allies among parents and community members in Albion and Marshall.
Within each community, the AMRCP has offered a safe, yet brave space to express feelings, concerns, and fears, along with triumphs, joys, and hopes for the future. The project is now offering a space for members of both cities to come together to recognize a common ground in both communities, express concerns, and look ahead toward shared goals.
Building on the successes of our children, who have shown tremendous courage and growth, adults in both communities have begun the process of dialogue with one another to build relationships, provide healing, and to work for safe, equitable, and just education for all students from Albion and Marshall.
Throughout this process, the AMRCP steering committee will look at ways to engage community leadership in solutions, based on the feedback we receive from YOU, the community.
Please share this announcement with your family, friends, and anyone you know who has children who are/were a part of the annexation process. If you can attend, please register at amrcp.org/registration/ under “9/7 – Community Conversation”
As always, if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns, please feel free to comment on this event, message the page, email info@starr.org, or call 1-800-837-5591.

Activity Descriptions

The following activities will take place over 2017:

Community Conversations:

These conversations are designed to provide honest dialogue on how to move forward collectively after the annexation of Albion Public Schools by Marshall Public Schools. Within each community, we will offer a safe, yet brave space to express our feelings, concerns, and fears, along with our triumphs, joys, and hopes for the future. Safe spaces are spaces where we are surrounded by individuals we are comfortable with. They allow us to be our most authentic and vulnerable selves while showing empathy to those around us. Brave spaces ask us to be vulnerable, authentic, and empathetic with individuals we may not know well, or at all. Building on the successes of our children, who have shown tremendous courage and growth, the AMRCP is excited to invite adults in our communities to enter into dialogue with one another and aid one another in the process of our own healing so that we may fully support our youth as they need.

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