Posts by: Lori Dykstra

  • Posted on August 14, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    How are YOU Connecting with Community?

    We went on location with WOOD TV8 to shoot our upcoming "Connecting with Community" commercial. The topic? You guessed it, youth employment! The kids were good sports about the all of the instruction, positioning and [...]
  • Posted on August 12, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    GRCC Scholarship Recipient's Dreams Become Reality

    School is just around the corner, which means it's time to buy new notebooks, finalize the class schedule and soak up the last moments of summer. For many students, it also means beginning or continuing [...]
  • Posted on August 06, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    Raising New Opportunities for Grand Rapids Youth

    It seems like the worst of the recent "Great Recession" is behind us. One sign is that the unemployment rate continues to drop. As our economy picks up, more jobs and opportunities are created. However [...]
  • Posted on August 04, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    Hispanic Center Youth Employees on the Job

    It was such a joy driving out to Grand Valley State University's campus and meeting Yibriam and Ashley, two friendly and hardworking individuals in the Hispanic Center of West Michigan's summer youth employment program. Bridget [...]
  • Posted on July 24, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    Comprenew's Urban Garden

    Stepping inside Comprenew, I could tell immediately that this was a place of beautfiul unity between care for the environment and care for people. Their technology recycling services offer a unique and practical way to [...]
  • Posted on July 20, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    The YES Program: Mowing and Growing on the West Side

    I recently had the pleasure of visiting The Other Way Ministries’ Youth Employment Service (YES) Program. I took this out-of-office opportunity to lace up my shoes, slip on my gloves and get to work. It [...]
  • Posted on July 07, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    Bethany Teaches the Value of a Life-Long Education

    It was the second day of a summer of opportunity and I could feel the energy stirring. Students of Bethany Christian Services' summer employment program trickled in and sat around the U-shaped table, respectfully chatty [...]
  • Posted on June 26, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    Grants in Action

    Hi there, I am Lori Dykstra, the summer PR & Marketing intern here at Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Welcome to “Our Community Matters,” our new blog! We reconfigured this page so that various staff and [...]