Since 2012 Telling It has expanded its reach into the community, increasing the number of underserved youth. This growth provides our U-M students with a greater variety in their internship opportunities. At each of the Telling It program sites there are ten to fifteen youth and anywhere from two to six U-M student interns who serve as “Big Buddies” to the youth. Today, U-M students have the opportunity to intern at one of the following community sites.
Avalon Housing, a partner since 2010, is a community-based, nonprofit whose mission is to provide affordable housing and support services for Washtenaw County’s lowest income households, with a priority on people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, and who have a mental or physical disability. Telling It is offered at Avalon’s Carrot Way community as a weekly after-school program for children grades K-3. Plans are underway to expand Telling It to Avalon Housing’s Pauline Boulevard community.
|SOS Community Services, a Telling It partner since 2002, is an agency that connects families to vital resources in Washtenaw County. They promote housing stability and family self-sufficiency through collaboration, care and respect. Telling It is offered as a weekly after-school program to promote literacy, self-esteem, and a positive self-image among underserved children ages six to thirteen.|
|Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, Telling It is part of their outreach program initiatives to engage vulnerable teenagers living in neighborhoods with high crime and few to no after-school activities. A partner since 2011, Telling It is offered as a weekly after-school drop-in enrichment program at the Parkridge Community Center located in Ypsilanti. Telling It was also successfully piloted at the Ypsilanti Community Middle School as a weekly after-school enrichment program during the spring 2014 semester.|