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    Thank you to all the residents, community leaders and Summit presenters for spending Saturday, March 4th with us at the GRCC Applied Technology Center for the 2017 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit!

    The purpose of the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit is to increase resident awareness, skills and networks for improved sustained change for stronger neighborhoods resulting in a stronger city.

    The theme of the 2017 Summit was Organizing Our Power For Change and was kicked off by a dynamic opening keynote address, Leveraging Our Power and Story to Make Positive Change, given by Gyasi Ross, a Native-American lawyer, author, speaker, commentator, rapper/poet, filmmaker, podcaster and father.

    The day was transformational for many and included several changes from previous years, such as the very popular Kids Summit for children of attendees age 2 to 12, a more accessible location, lactation room, more workshop selections and we moved the event to a Saturday to increase opportunity to attend. View this video for a fun and informative recap of the #2017GRSummit!

    You Tube Video Recaps of Past Summits:

    Workshop Materials:

    Mobilizing Racial Equity in Policy and Practice:

    Strong Schools, Strong Neighborhoods: Neighbors Taking Action to Support Our Schools:
    Knowing the Signs and Addressing Trauma in the Black Community:

    Beyond Voting: How to Get Involved in Running Your City:

    The Power of the Pen…or Keyboard ! How to Share and Shape the Narrative of Your Community
    Civilian Boards and Commissions - Apply Today!: Civilian Boards and Commissions - A.Moore.pdf Civilian Boards and Commissions - A.Moore.pdf

    Dealing with Development in Your Neighborhood:

    Sisters Arm in Arm:

    Building Blocks:

    What is Being an Ally in the Struggle for Racial Equity

    Grassroots Community Organizing for Justice: Grassroots Community Organizing for Justice.pdf Grassroots Community Organizing for Justice.pdf

    Organizing the Faith-Based and Broader Community for Racial Equity: Organizing the Faith-Based and Broader Community for Racial Equity.pdf Organizing the Faith-Based and Broader Community for Racial Equity.pdf

    Stay Connected!
    Follow the Summit on Facebook (@GRNeighborhoodSummit) and on Twitter (@GRNSummit) for year-round information related to neighborhood and resident leadership and opportunities, such as the Neighborhood Match Fund.

    2017 Summit Leadership Team:
    This event would not be possible without the wisdom, work and dedication of the Summit Leadership Team - Jordoun Eatman, John Helmholdt, Johannah Jelks, Rachel Lee, Kyle Pray, Jamiel Robinson, Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard, Erica Soto, Stacy Stout, LaTarro Traylor, and Tempest Warfield.

    Thank you to the 2017 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit sponsors!

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    Lead Sponsor:

    Community Garden Sponsors:
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    Block Party Sponsors:

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    Block Captain Sponsors:
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    Good Neighbor Sponsors:

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    Mercantile Bank of Michigan
    Sanchez Income Tax

    Want to help sponsor the 2018 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit? Please contact to learn about exciting new “underwriter” sponsor options!