Community Education Digest
March 2018
Welcome to our Community Education Digest! The aim of Ozone House's Community Education Digest newsletter is to connect our community's resources and services with the youth and families who need them most. Each month, the Community Education Digest highlights an Ozone House program along with related resources in our community. Many of these resources can also be found in the Ozone House Info Cards shown below. 

This month we highlight our Community Outreach and Education.

Transitional Living Program
Ugbaad Keynan
Resources for Youth in our Community
The Education Project
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Transitional Living (Miller House)
Miller house is a transitional living opportunity for youth ages 18-20 who do not have a stable or safe home. It is not considered an emergency housing option, but rather a space where young people live and mature over an extended period of time (up to 18 months). For youth to access this opportunity, typically, they will engage in other Ozone House services like case management or counseling prior to moving into the transitional living space.
While at Miller House, residents must go to school and/or have a job, and participate in:
When youth are ready to leave Miller House and move into their own home, they leave with the saving they have accrued through "rent" and continued access to critical Ozone House support services.
To learn more, visit the Ozone house website or contact our office at 734-662-2222
Meet Ugbaad Keynan
Ugbaad Keynan is the Ozone House Finance and Development Associate. She joined the Ozone House team in August of 2017 and has been an excellent addition to our Ozone family. Ugbaad was born in Detroit but spent most of her childhood overseas only to return to the area to graduate from Huron High School in Ann Arbor. While Ugbaad, primarily works on the administrative end of things at Ozone, non-profit work has always been a part of her experience. Growing up in a family involved in the United Nations, Unicef and Oxfam, Ugbaad felt a natural connection to service work. While living in Nigeria, Ugbaad volunteered at an elementary school for the blind, and then after moving back to the states, volunteered at an assisted living home.

Her appreciation for finance started when she took a job as a bank teller in college. Now at Ozone, she not only supports staff, but also, provides education to our young people around financial literacy. Ugbaad truly enjoys being part of the Ozone House community. She feels like the work culture embraces its employees and the youth we serve. As a finance and development assistant, Ugbaad appreciates the challenges of filling gaps and figuring out the best way to financially support the work staff do to support and empower young people. As a liaison to our Millennial Ozone Board and donors, Ugbaad also has a unique glimpse into how much the whole community contributes to the Ozone House mission and work. When Ugbaad isn't at Ozone House, you can often catch her watching musicals, period dramas, knitting, or just playing with her cat, Shiba. 

If you'd like to connect with Ugbaad, you can reach her at or through our business line 734-662-2265.
Resources for Youth in our Community
This month, we highlight some programs for women and their families
The Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan

510 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Personal counseling, professional counseling, job coaching, divorce assistance, financial counseling, art expression group
Hope Clinic

518 Harriet St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Pregnancy, women's healthcare, counseling, prevention education, bridge calendar, journey groups, men's counseling
Ann Arbor's Women's Group

Friday Night 7-9pm
Westside United Methodist Church
900 S. 7th Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Counseling for former alcoholics or addicts in recovery - Making strong bonds with other recovering addicts
Offers: counseling, peer support, events, workshops, retreats
Planned Parenthood - Women's Health
Ann Arbor Health Center

3100 Professional Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Checkups when you have a reproductive/sexual health problem, breast exams, cervical cancer screening, mammogram referrals, Pap test, Birth Control, and other medical support.

Summer18  youth employment application is available for interested youth!

Summer18  is a 10-week summer employment and mentorship program that pairs local businesses with Washtenaw County youth to provide on-the-job training that sets the stage for life-long careers, opens doors to new industries, and provides mentorship critical to building professional networks.
Jobs will pay either $10/hour or $12/hour, based on completion of a high school diploma or equivalent.
Please widely share this link ( and the flier with any young people you work with.


College Fairs this week!
   Wednesday, 21
6pm - 7:30pm

Thursday, March 22
6pm - 7:30pm

Women's Roles in Art History
Date:  March 20, 2018
Time:  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Location: Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence building, Towsley Auditorium
4800 E. Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Description: Explore the works and influence of five female patrons, five women artists, and five patterns of portrayal of the feminine in the history of art.
She/They/Us Exhibition
Date: Now- March 31st
Location: Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron St.
Description: The theme of the exhibition will be exploring the depth of multi-dimensional and solidarity of womanhood, as well as the messages women carry from the community.
March 23: Survivors Speak @ 7-9 pm (Off Center Gallery)
March 24: Grove Studios: Women's Music @ 7-10 pm (Off Center Gallery)
March 30: Body Art: Paint Your Personal Identity @ 4-8 pm (Off Center Gallery) Gigantic Free Clothing Swap/Donation @ 3-9 pm (Lower Gallery)
March 31: Women's Dance Night @ 7 pm (Dance Studio
Women Who Empower: Women in The Media
Date: March 24, 2018
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
Location: 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Description: Free admission!
In recognition of Women's History Month, the Detroit Historical Society will host its 2nd Annual "Women Who Empower" Day on Saturday, March 24.  11a.m. In concert with this year's theme, "Women in Media: Trailblazers & Influencers," the program will feature a lecture on women journalists in Michigan history by Dr. Caitlyn Dial, Executive Director of the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. 1 p.m. Media mavens from across Detroit's news and media platforms - including Anne Doyle, Robin Kinnie, Sarah Rahal, Karen Hudson Samuels and Heather Catallo - will join us for a special panel discussion on "The Politics of Women in News & Media."

The Education Project Updates

Are you working with a student who could benefit from being involved in an extracurricular activities but needs support with participation cost (fees, gear, and travel etc. l)?  If so, please contact EPHY for more information on "activities assistance" eligibility. Some activities covered include:
  • Athletic/Sports Participation Fee or Gear
    • Examples: YMCA, Dance Class, School or Recreational Sports...
  • Art  Program Fees or tools
    • Examples: Drawing/Painting Class, Drama Club, Instruments...
  • Youth Community Leadership Program Fees
    • Examples:  Registration, Memberships, Conferences...
We have Lice Kits!
Thanks to a generous donation from the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop, the Education Project was able to purchase lice kits to make sure that our students are getting the care they need and are able to return to school healthy and ready to learn! Please reach out about acquiring kits for students in need!
Below is the 2017 - 2018 school year! Please use this referral when working with students and families this school year. Any questions about the referral or referral process can be directed to or call us at 734-994-8100 x1518

Click here to obtain a copy:  

The referral is intended to be filled out by school staff or community partners with the students or families in need of support. Once a referral is completed, the information should be shared with the Education Project staff as well as the Local Liaison. 


The Education Project, sometimes known as the Education Project for Homeless Youth, is designed to ensure that students experiencing homelessness or unstable living situations enroll, regularly attend, and succeed in school.  Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students who are homeless must have equal access to free and appropriate public education

The Education Project works closely with Liaisons in the school districts, Allies within each school, community partners, and families to identify and serve all youth affected by homelessness. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Education Project

Who is Homeless?
Homelessness does not always look like a family living in a car or on the street; it exists in many different versions. The primary criteria we consider are: Is their housing Fixed? Is it Regular? And is it Adequate?

Fixed: Is it permanent or not subject to change? For example, is the person staying somewhere that they have a right to live? Are they not on the lease? Could they be asked to leave?
Regular: Are they staying the same place every night? Do they have to switch locations frequently?
Adequate: Is the residence sufficient? Do youth staying in the home have a bed to sleep in? Are there health risks and unsanitary conditions in the home? Does it meet the physical and psychological needs of a child?
Although we all hope that homelessness is very temporary, it can be a perpetual experience for many families and unaccompanied youth. It is important to ask these questions and understand each family and youth's situation.
How can I access the Education Project?
The education project is housed in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. The website is  Here you can find information about who is eligible for McKinney-Vento services, what services are offered and additional links and supports around youth homelessness and education.
How can I help?
The Education Project relies on a combination of grant support from the state and donations from members of the community. Many of the items provided to families, like toiletries and school supplies, are supplied through donations. This allows the Education Project the ability to fund other school related expenses like field trips, sports/activities, tutoring services and temporary transportation for students. Additionally, the program is always looking for volunteers to help pack up supplies for youth as well as deliver supports to schools within the districts. By having a team of volunteers ready to disperse supplies, EPHY will serve families more effectively. Visit the Ozone House website to learn more about how you can help.
The Education Project office is staffed regularly Monday - Thursday from 9am - 4pm. 

Any questions regarding a young person's McKinney-Vento status and the supports available can be direct to, or by phone at (734) 994-8100 x1518.

If you know a youth or family who could benefit from Ozone House services,
please have them call our 24-hour Crisis Line:


There is always somebody here to listen. 
Need More Information About Ozone House?
Ozone House Poster

We will come to you!  
We provide educational presentations to middle and high school classrooms or assemblies, as well as organizations throughout Washtenaw County.
To order free printed education materials, or to schedule a presentation, 
contact Dawn Espy at 
call (734) 994-8100 x1518

Ozone House INFO Card

Ozone House Outreach Card
Ozone House Outreach Card

To learn more about all of our crisis intervention, housing or support services,  or to get involved with Ozone House,  please visit our website at