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Volume 5
2010

MSU Invests in Michigan's Largest City

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Michigan State University maintains a strong portfolio of youth programs in Detroit. Two locations offer a wide array of educational and developmental activities for young people.

MSU–Detroit Partnerships Office at YouthVille

The MSU–Detroit Partnerships office serves as a hub for University partnerships in Detroit and Wayne County, especially projects that focus on youth, community, and economic development. The MSU-DP office is located at Detroit YouthVille, a short distance from the MSU Outreach Admissions office. Current research and outreach projects at the YouthVille facility include:

  • A study examining children's use of information technology (Linda Jackson, Psychology).
  • The Good Schools Resource Center for K-12 schools (Barbara Markle, Education).
  • A collaboration with the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence to build capacity of programs for survivors (Cris Sullivan, Psychology, and Sheryl Kubiak, Social Work).
  • A partnership with the Metropolitan Street Art Academy to bring suburban and urban youth together to share learning, art, and cultural events (Carl Taylor, Sociology).

Community Music School Detroit

The Community Music School, originally located in East Lansing, is the outreach division of the College of Music. In fall 2009 a second CMS site was opened in Detroit to serve the Southeast Michigan community.

  • Current CMS Detroit program offerings include jazz, composition, early childhood music education, music therapy, and the New Horizons Band for adults.
  • Research projects include an investigation of the role of early childhood music instruction in the cognitive development of low-income toddlers and preschool children (Cynthia Taggert and Rhonda Buckley; in partnership with Focus: Hope).

The building also houses College of Education teaching interns.