Featured Image: Bryant Community Center After School Program
Hello Friends,

The weather is warming up and we are headed OUTSIDE! Most of CAN's community centers are gearing up to finish off after school programs outdoors so we can all collectively take a break from zoom. Students will be able to come sit outside with site staff (masked up) to get homework help, do Art & Design activities, and hang out. We are all looking forward to more face to face time together!

We are also prepping the community gardens at Hikone and Green Baxter Court! These gardens are a very hands on collaboration between site staff, local residents, kids, and even community members. We can't wait for yummy produce to cook up or distribute to CAN clients!

Thank you,
Your Friends at CAN

What Is Happening at CAN?
CAN is hiring!
Summer Program Facilitators:

  • 8 week commitment
  • June 14-August 6
  • position made possible by AmeriCorps Summer Associate Program
  • must be 18 years of age (per AmeriCorps rules)
  • mostly in-person, outdoor with masks
Pre-COVID photos*
Year Long VISTA's:

  • ongoing enrollment with a variety of start dates
  • year-long commitment focused on capacity building
  • position(s) made possible by AmeriCorps
  • must be 18 years of age (per AmeriCorps rules)

For more information please visit: https://www.canwashtenaw.org/jobs
GBC Instagram Takeover
Do you follow CAN and CAN Art & Design on Instagram? If not, you should be! This past month we had the staff and students of Green Baxter Court take over and share about their site, what they love about CAN, what they are looking forward to, and what they were proud of. It was so inspiring to see how much the staff care about the students and the community and how much the students are learning and growing. Follow along @canannarbor and @canartdeisgn
Staff Spotlight
Shoutout to one of our amazing Bryant Community Center Program Assistants, Ameenah, who has been working closely with with our middle schoolers., including Ke'Sha. Together, Ameenah and Ke'Sha set goals for the semester, and Ke'Sha's grades have soared up to all A's and one B. They are a fantastic pair. We could not do this work without our amazing staff!
Tree Distribution Site: Bryant Community Center
The Office of Sustainability and Innovations has developed the 10,000 Trees Initiative with the goal of planting 10,000 new trees on private property in the city by the year 2030. The trees added by this initiative will enhance our current canopy cover and will help to make our urban tree canopy more resilient by increasing both species and structural diversity.

Trees will be distributed at Bryant Community Center on Friday, April 30th from 4-7pm. We are excited for this partnership!
CAN Art & Design Collab: Festifools!
We are proud to share that we have been partnering with WonderFool Productions for the past several months as one of their partner sites for the FoolMoon Event that took place on Friday, April 9th. Since March, students have been working on mandalas during our CAN After School Program that will hang in the center windows with lights as part of the "at home" portion of the FoolMoon event. On top of that, a street mural has been painted in downtown that combines over 300 mandala submissions from kids across the city including CAN students. Stay tuned on our social media for the final installation at the CAN centers.

Above: street mural in downtown Ann Arbor; Below: CAN students' mandala's
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