Central Zone

Home of Ford Middle School and Baxter Community Center

I Believe I Become community meetings in the B2B central zone kicked off in August 2010. Hundreds of residents came to five open meetings, culminating in a community-wide celebration in November 2010. Action planning continues.

LINC Community Revitalization Inc. leads the I Believe I Become community engagement efforts. LINC believes it is important to raise up the community’s voice and follow the community’s lead in creating change. The engagement strategy combines relationship building, leadership development, listening and learning through a community planning process unique to each B2B zone.

I Believe I Become central zone neighborhood team:

Willie Patterson, B2B Community Liaison from LINC
616.308.6315 or willie@lincrev.org

Omar Gonzalez, B2B Natural Helper from LINC
Victor Williams, B2B Natural Helper from LINC

Central Zone News

Share your story. Inspire your neighbors on July 10!

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Zona de Opportunidad Primavera de 2014Newsletter for download (Spanish)

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Oppportunity Zone Spring 2014 Newsletter for download (English)

Download your copy of the Opportunity Zone in English or Spanish.

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Free T-Shirts at Parent Essentials Meetings

Willie Pattterson started hosting Parent Essentials meetings because he’s passionate about getting parents involved at school. At the meetings, parents can come to school and connect with their kids while sharing coffee, pastries, and dialogue with other active parents. Willie is so excited about bringing parents together, he has added a special incentive. “When they [...]

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Early Learning Expertise Now Making House Calls

When LaShawn Lewis signed up for Baby Scholars last year, she was worried about adding to her busy schedule. “They let me know that it was a home-based program,” she said. “There’s no stress at all.” Each week, a certified coach arrived at her door, ready to help her become the best teacher she could [...]

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Free Classes Unleash Parent Power

Whether you’re passionate about fitness, technology, skill building, or career advancement, Parent University can help you reach your full potential as a parent. All you have to do is sign up! Parent University is back with brand new classes for the spring and summer, hosted at convenient locations all around Grand Rapids. Now is the [...]

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“Instead of a program where you go and just sit and listen to people talk, you actually get to participate and be hands-on with things.” “You learn a lot.” “It’s something I want to do next year.” Summer Learning Academy engages students while they learn. It’s easy to see why kids get excited about making [...]

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Students at Ford Academic Center Make Every Day Count

Teachers, supporters, students, and their parents celebrated the attendance success at Ford Academic Center this past November.  Clearly, families at Ford Academic Center are doing their best to make every day count! At the attendance celebration 120 students out of 176 achieved 100% attendance! The entire school is above the 90th percentile for school-wide attendance! [...]

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Designed for Greatness

  Pretend you’re 13 and you could either doze on the couch and watch TV, or perfect your push-ups while an Army sergeant barks orders. Easy choice? Then this might surprise you. Kids who said they could be lounging at home excitedly tell how they know how to fold an American flag, hold their heads [...]

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Summer Blast!

  At Summer Blast 2013, the Believe 2 Become Summer Learning Academy at New Hope Baptist Church, students discovered, played, explored, and learned during this premier academic and enrichment program, taught by certified and gifted instructors. What are you doing in Summer 2014?  

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Oakdale Neighbors take on Sky Zone

  In 2013 The Believe 2 Become Summer Learning Academy at Oakdale Neighbors called their program “Express Yourself.” “Learning is more than just going through the motions, you can move your body AND stretch your mind,” said program director Tom Bulton. Students spent part of their summer building math muscles, learning new sports, creating cool [...]

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WMCAT Makes its Mark in 2013

  Soon, the big three-ring binder will have stories to tell. “If you find a candy wrapper on the ground that inspires you, put it in this binder,” artist John Cox tells a group of a dozen teens gathered around him. “If you get a fortune from a fortune cookie that inspires you, put it [...]

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