- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is distributing $150,000 in grants to fund 18 youth-oriented projects in the region.

Schools and nonprofit organizations will receive grants of up to $10,000 apiece to launch or expand programs. They include a social justice course at a Dearborn high school, events to build life skills for homeless teen mothers and their children in Wayne County and an intergenerational mentoring program at a Detroit school.

Dearborn-based social services agency ACCESS said this week that its $10,000 grant will support an initiative to promote race and ethnicity dialogue for eighth-grade students from seven Dearborn middle schools. The 12-month project includes twice-a-month leadership and diversity sessions in the district that has a large number of Arab and Muslim students.

The projects grew out of a survey of about 1,100 young people throughout the Detroit area. The foundation encouraged organizations to submit proposals based on the survey results that would be considered for grants.

Recommendations emerging from the survey included boosting the voice and influence of youth in communities, creating programs to improve health and safety and building efforts that bring together different racial and ethnic groups.

The foundation was formed in 1984 to develop community philanthropy across seven counties.

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