The youth members that have been participating in the diversity and inclusion work in the St. Clair shores community formed the St. Clair Shores Youth Diversity Council. On May 30, 2010 the St. Clair Shores Youth Diversity Council and adult volunteers from the Community Initiative participated in the St. Clair Shores Memorial day parade to honor the local fallen soldiers of the community. This was the first time that the diversity of the community was represented in the parade in a way that honored the diversity of the armed services of our country.
On February 12, 2011 we hosted at Triumphant Cross Church in St. Clair Shores the first of two community build days for the Green Chair Project. The Green Chair Project is a special project supported by the Michigan Roundtable and The Home Depot Foundation for bridging the gap between the youth and the older residents of St. Clair Shores.
In February 2010 at a public meeting on diversity in St. Clair Shores students from the community projected their voices saying they were not connected to the older residents of this community. They wanted to build relationship with these residents in an effort to break down tensions of the newly changing demographic make-up of the community both in age and race.
These Green benches are for distribution to public places in the community symbolizing the effort needed to just sit and talk with someone different than yourself to learn and build relationships. It starts with one conversation and these benches are a place where those conversations can begin.
We will be hosting another community build day in late May or early June.
In January 2010, the community of St. Clair Shores celebrated their first public celebration of the national holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. On March 4, 2010 on behalf of U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, Judy Hartwell and State Rep. Sarah Roberts both presented the core team, the City of St. Clair Shores and the Public Library with commendations and special tributes for their courageous efforts to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy.