Play-ing with a Purpose at Brookhill Elementary

In October, Brookhill Elementary School in Athens, AL received $10,000 to support its afterschool theater arts program, Play-ing With a Purpose, in collaboration with the Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and Academy (FPCTA). Through the program Eighty students will receive weekly hour-long afterschool theater enrichment to explore engaging, developmentally appropriate elements of the theater with an…

West Michigan Leadership Academy Members

West Michigan Leadership Academy visits Steelcase Learning and Innovation Center

In June, the Steelcase Foundation hosted the West Michigan Leadership Academy’s second cohort of school principals for three days of intensive professional learning and collaboration around equity, leading transformation, and communicating vision. The West Michigan Leadership Academy (WMLA), draws on the expertise of its parent company, New York City Leadership Academy (NYCLA), which was established…

Illustrated Benefits SON program

SON 2.0 – Sowing Opportunity Now

Since 2015, the Steelcase Foundation has supported the Grand Rapids Urban League’s (GRUL) Sowing Opportunity Now (SON) program, a workforce-based program targeting young men of color ages 16-28. The program addresses academic, personal, and social needs, providing help to complete high school/GED, continue their post-secondary education and career training, and job placement to overcome the…

Homelessness in Grand Rapids Requires Short and Long-Term Approach

The Steelcase Foundation recently awarded several grants to prevent and respond to homelessness in the Grand Rapids area. In the short-term, response strategies are needed to address immediate community needs as a record number of families experience homelessness. In the long-term, prevention efforts help to ensure that fewer people become homeless in the first place….