Nonprofit Programs

The following programs are examples of how teachers may collaborate with nonprofit staff and bring these efforts to their schools. The Foundation hopes you will use these as ideas for apply for one of our Teacher Grants.

CyberSafety & Bully Safe Programs for Teens and Tweens
Offered by Washtenaw Area Council for Children
Contact information: cybersafety@washtenawchildren.org

Discussion Topics:

  • Social Networking
  • Sexting/Sexual Exploitation
  • Online Predators
  • Privacy Issues
  • Overall Online Security

Services Offered:

  • Peer Mentor Training
  • School Assemblies
  • Classroom Presentations
  • Parent and Community Presentations

“Today’s children ages 8-­18, spend 53 hours weekly accessing and relating to their world using technology: smartphones, computers, and gaming consoles. They are also using it to cyberbully, share inappropriate media, and inadvertently draw the attention of online predators and cyber criminals.” -WebWiseKids

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University  Musical  Society Youth Programs
Offered by University Musical Society
Contact information: umsyouth@umich.edu
(734) 647- 4010

UMS has a limited number of interactions with visiting performing artists, and encourages cross school collaboration to maximize the impact.  UMS also contracts with a small number of teaching artists to deliver classroom arts integrated experiences. Teaching artists are incentivized when they know that  multiple schools would like to have the same or similar in class experience. For School Day Performances, UMS hosts post show artist Q&As with a few classrooms. UMS can prioritize artist Q&As for teachers who wish to bring classrooms together from different schools.

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Annie’s Big Nature Lesson
Offered by Leslie Science and Nature Center
Contact information: susan@lesliesnc.org

This program allows for multiple classes to visit the Leslie Science and Nature Center for a week long immersion experience. It is co-planned with Leslie Science and Nature staff for a custom experience according to the teacher and student needs. The Center has 50 acres of natural woodlands, a verna.

Science & Nature Fest
Offered by Leslie Science and Nature Center

The center can accommodate up to 500 people for science & nature activities, including a live animal demonstration. Volunteers are needed to station activities, potentially parents or high school students.

Topics Include:

  • Bubble Science
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Amazing Animal Adaptations
  • Center of Gravity
  • States of Matter
  • Paper Airplane Physics
  • Worm De-composers
  • Glaciers Formed in Michigan
  • pH Testing
  • Birds

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