Youth Leadership Initiative


Portrait of a Community: A Collaborative Youth Leadership Project

When most people think about history they imagine only the past. For one dynamic group of young people, though, they are using history to shape their future. Over the past year GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History (GAAH), Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, and the Grand Rapids Public Library have teamed up through GAAH's Cook Library Scholars program to document the history of Grand Rapids' Grandville Avenue community, creating the city's first Latino-focused archive. Made up of 31 K-8th graders from mostly immigrant families, the Cook Library Scholars Program is an after-school opportunity for youth that provides academic support, family engagement opportunities, and teaches leadership skills. A video documentary and exhibition featuring this unique, interdisciplinary collaboration will be unveiled on September 18, 2014 in the Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Avenue SW.