The Miracle League of Plymouth has appointed a new Board President. Mark Madonna, the son of founder and commissioner, Deb Madonna, will serve as President. 88.1 the Park’s, Sydney Capen, spoke with Mark about his new role, challenges for the league during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the excitement of providing kids with special needs an opportunity to play baseball. Mark is also an 88.1 alum, and he shared some of his memories from working at the station.
The B.L.O.C.K Youth and Teen Center has been providing after school and youth development programs for Canton teens for 21 years. One of their programs, Lead Like A Girl, focuses on developing leadership qualities in young women. 88.1 the Park’s Elise Taylor spoke with Canton Township Recreation Supervisor, Laura Mortier, about Lead Like A Girl, and the impact the program has had in the community.
88.1 the Park Sports Director, Ben Vertin, and his staff spotlight the girls basketball teams at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools. In addition to the coaches, they spoke with Plymouth Senior, Morgan Miller, Canton Junior, Rachel Williams and Salem Junior, Shahd Ali Bakkar.
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The Michigan Philharmonic is almost halfway through their 76th Season. 88.1 the Park’s Sumedha Sethi, spoke with the Executive Director of the orchestra, Beth Stewart, about upcoming performances, the kickoff to this season and their youth orchestra.
The Michigan State University Sociolinguistics Lab developed MI Diaries to document changes in lives and language of people living in Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Kids, teens and adults across the state respond to weekly diary prompts with audio recordings. 88.1 the Park’s Avneet Pandher, talked with Project Lead and Michigan State Professor, Betsy Sneller, about the program. She also talked with two student youth interns, Kierstin and Anuya, about their experience working with MI Diaries.
You can find out more about the project here.
Avneet Pandher is a youth intern with MI Diaries.