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.