Honoring dads who do

Celebrity dads like Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors inspire us. Each time we see him interacting with daughter, Riley, our hearts melt.

Empowered Flower Girl would like to pay homage to all dads, especially those everyday dads who often don’t get recognition. Let’s always remember to show appreciation to the men in our lives who support and encourage us. Happy Father’s Day.

Still haven’t gotten dad a gift? If you want to be creative and not break the bank, ditch the tie and aftershave and opt for something original. How about a handmade card and homemade meal. Or how about taking over some of dad’s daily chores? He’ll appreciate the thoughtful acts of service.

Celebrate dad. 

Youth Resource Summit connects the dots among Detroit-area youth service providers

Youth Resource Summit
Detroit-area youth service providers gathered Memorial Day weekend for the first annual Youth Resource Summit, hosted by Better Detroit Youth Movement(BDYM) and ARISE Detroit.

Representatives from dozens of youth-serving organizations exchanged ideas for better supporting youth and families.

BDYM’s R. Lee Gordon unveiled details of the Resource Alert Project (RAP), an online tool to connect young people to programs, events and resources to help support their development.


Collaboration is key to 100 percent graduation

By now, many of you reading this post probably have received invitations to commencement ceremonies and/or graduation open houses. This is a special time of year for graduates, families and friends. Their hard work throughout the years has paid off.
Statistics show that on average, 80 percent of American high school students graduate. While that number is greater than it’s been in years, that means 20 percent are left behind.
As youth advocates, we are grateful for those who have matriculated, but our work is far from done. In fact, we must move forward more robustly in our collective efforts to ensure that all children – from every background – are supported to reach their full potential. From mentoring and tutoring to extra-curricular programming, our youth benefit tremendously when they have options.
Let’s continue to work together in making sure that no child is left behind. Congratulations to the class of 2016 and beyond.
Looking for gift ideas for the grad in your life? Here is Reader’s Digests list of the best books to give as graduation gifts!