Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition hosts annual community forum at Eastern Michigan University, celebrates importance of young stewards in local communities


WHO: The Seventh Annual Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS) Community Forum will showcase the work of students, teachers, community partners from participating schools and non-profit organizations. In attendance will be students, families, and teachers from Southeast Michigan schools including the Ann Arbor Learning Community, Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody High School, Experiencia Preparatory Academy (Detroit), John Paul II Elementary Catholic School (Lincoln Park), East Arbor Academy (Ypsilanti), Bowers Academy (Bloomfield Hills), the James and Grace Lee Boggs School (Detroit), and Novi Meadows Elementary School (Novi). Community Partners including the Matrix Theatre Company, Detroit Youth Energy Squad, and Leslie Science and Nature Center will also be at the conference to talk about collaboration with local schools and students. Local historian and EMU alumnus Matt Siegfried will discuss the ecological history of the EMU campus.

WHAT: Students, families, teachers, and community organizations from the SEMIS Coalition’s 17 schools and 26 community partners, and from diverse communities in and outside of Detroit will come together to celebrate the power that comes with learning to be citizen-stewards of their communities and the Great Lakes region.

WHEN: Monday, June 1, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: EMU Student Center, 3rd Floor

WHY: The SEMIS Coalition is a strength based network that believes that powerful youth-led place based work should be celebrated!  The annual SEMIS Community Forum is an opportunity for students to publically display their community work, to reflect on the success of their actions, and to vision partnerships and opportunities for the future. Presentations will be made on a range of ecojustice topics, and most sessions will be led by young people who have undertaken projects this past school year. Projects that will be presented include ecological mural painting, urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, community mapping, building an outdoor classroom, youth leadership development, research trips on the Michigan Sea Grant vessel, and creating theater pieces.

The event is hosted by SEMIS, whose mission is to facilitate school-community partnerships to develop citizen-stewards of healthy ecological and social systems. SEMIS is one of nine regional hubs supported by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative. The Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative has been called the most ambitious effort in the country to promote Place-Based environmental stewards.

CONTACT: Ethan Lowenstein, 734-709-8044, or Nigora Erkaeva at

May 26, 2015

Written by:
Media Relations

Geoff Larcom