Ingham Country/City of Lansing Community Coalition for Youth (CCY)

CCY is a collaborative effort between Ingham County and the City of Lansing. The CCY is representative of public and nonprofit agencies, community and neighborhood organizations, schools, businesses, private citizens, parents, youth, faith-based organizations, and key leaders from Ingham County.

CCY facilitates and coordinates the development and implementation of data-driven, comprehensive, community-wide programs in a full continuum of care for all youth in Ingham County. Its efforts are targeted on a number of community based initiatives focusing on youth violence prevention and delinquency prevention. CCY's main goals are to assist the City and County in assessing service needs, determining the effectiveness of existing resources, and identifying and securing resources necessary for service implementation.

View the CCY calendar for regular meeting dates

For more information about the Community Coalition for Youth, contact Angela Waters at (517) 676-7289.

Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC), Birth to Five

Ingham GSC, Birth to Five is a coalition of human service agencies, parents, and other partners working together to develop a network of early education and care to support children and families in Ingham County. Their mission is that every child be ready to succeed in school and life and work so that every family has access to a universal, comprehensive, and collaborative system of community-based early childhood programs, services, and supports. The Ingham GSC, Birth to Five is part of the Michigan Great Start partnership.

Ingham GSC, Birth to Five usually meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 1-3:30 p.m. (view the GSC calendar). At each meeting there are progress reports on the Early Childhood Action Agenda and committee reports from work groups including: Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, Public Awareness, Operations Committee, Infant Mortality Initiative, Safe Sleep Coalition, Quality Initiatives, Kindergarten Transition Committee, KEEP Task Force, Parent Education and Parent Coalition. Child care is available on-site through the Family Growth Center with advance reservations (517) 371-1347. There is also time set aside for updates from all participants and discussion of other issues of interest.

Lansing Economic Area Partnership (Leap, Inc.)

LEAP is an innovative private/public partnership formed to guide this region's economic development efforts. With Leap, our region's best and brightest minds—CEOs of major corporations, presidents of colleges and universities, owners of small businesses, leaders of nonprofit organizations, elected officials, and interested individuals—have come together with a common mission: Position the Greater Lansing region for global economic success.

LEAP is a one-stop shop offering direct access to mid-Michigan's myriad resources, and works to maximize Lansing’s efficiency in the intense global competition for the best people and companies. Leap, Inc. offers a range of services designed to give businesses the tools they need to compete in today's global economy. All of them can be customized to fit a company's unique needs whether a new or established business.

Leap, Inc., is committed to transforming the Greater Lansing region into a global economic powerhouse. To do this, LEAP is focusing its efforts on six essential strategic initiatives:

  • Regional Cooperation Initiative
    • Establish Leap, Inc., as the one-stop shop for regional economic development policy and solutions
  • Value-Added Enterprise Initiative
    • Expand and attract globally competitive businesses
  • New Enterprise Initiative
    • Develop resources and programs to encourage and assist in the development of sustainable businesses
  • MSU Leverage Initiative
    • Integrate Michigan State University and its world-class resources and people into all aspects of the community
  • Global Community Initiative
    • Highlight our strengths in the global marketplace and continue to enhance the Greater Lansing region's growth as a progressive, global community
  • Emerging Talent Initiative
    • Retain, attract, and develop a world-class work force that meets the needs of globally competitive businesses

For more information about the Lansing Economic Area Partnerships, contact Denyse Ferguson by phone at (517) 702-3387 ext. 202 or by e-mail at

Michigan State University Extension (MSUE)

MSUE extends Michigan State University knowledge resources to all Michigan citizens and assists them in meeting their learning needs through a variety of educational strategies, technologies and collaborative arrangements.

County-based staff members, in concert with on-campus faculty members, serve Michigan counties with programming in three areas:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources

    MSUE provides research-based educational programs to Michigan's agricultural industry, from farmers to commodity groups, agribusiness3w, food processors and retailers. Programs are delivered through client-directed Area of Expertise teams and via county based agriculture and natural resource agents.

  • Children, Youth and Families

    MSUE programs aim to help people manage and improve the quality of their lives and their communities. MSUE works to strengthen families through research-based education and to build community capacity to support families through education, collaboration, and systems reform.

  • Community and Economic Development

    MSUE programs enhance the quality of life in Michigan through research-based educational programs that help people address concerns about their communities' social, economic and environmental conditions. Some programs are broad based, such as efforts to help community leaders understand the complex social and economic interactions that create pressure for sprawl development. Others are very specific, like the programs to help people form nonprofit organizations.

MSUE maintains a Knowledge Repository that can be searched for information, resources and tools on a variety of topics in connection with the three programming areas above.  In addition, reports and educational materials can be obtained through the Educational Materials Distribution Center.

For more information about Michigan State University Extension, contact Thomas Coon at 517-355-2308.

MSU University Outreach and Engagement (UOE)

IMAGE:  Outreach and Engagement Knowledge Model

Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University involves generating, transmitting, applying, and preserving knowledge for the direct benefit of external audiences. MSU advocates a scholarly model of outreach and engagement that fosters a reciprocal and mutually beneficial relationship between the University and the public. The MSU model involves the co-creation and application of knowledge, a relationship that increases both the community's and the university’s capacity to address issues.

University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) can help you establish outreach and engagement partnerships with university and community partners on topics and in locations of your interest. UOE provides a variety of services ranging from supports and resources for community members in understanding economic, social, political, environmental, and psychological impacts of issues and solutions, to brokering and facilitating university-community partnerships and conducting community-based research and evaluation [for a complete list of services, please see ]

For more information about the Office of Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, contact Hiram Fitzgerald at (517) 353-8977 or e-mail at

Power of We Consortium (PWC)

PWC is a unique, sustainable model for capacity building and community improvement which is transforming Michigan's Capital Area. Members of the Consortium&8212;including grassroots community organizations, faith communities, nonprofits addressing social issues, school systems, municipalities, and human service agencies&8212;came together to mobilize the community's assets to solve complex social problems. These problems typically affect more than a single sector, and controlling them is beyond the capacity, resources, or jurisdiction of any one person or organization. But by working together, the Power of We Consortium overcomes them.

The Power of We Consortium gets its work done through coalitions and committees composed of its member and affiliate organizations, monthly member meetings, and its members' well-established institutional systems and structures. PWC focuses attention and activities where they’re needed rather than on new vehicles or organizations that might distract energy and resources from the critical social issues. The committee structure also serves to keep the PWC connected to the community's real needs and many assets.

The Power of We Consortium has developed an efficient model for coordinating and leveraging resources in support of its goals. It is not a centralized model designed to "fix" community problems. Rather, it is a decentralized, collaborative model for brokering the relationships, information, and resources that maximize impact. Though counter-intuitive for some, the PWC model does more with less. That is, rather than create new, expensive, and cumbersome administrative structures to address each challenging social need, it uses the power of communication, collaboration, and accountability to focus resources where they're most needed.

The Power of We Consortium wants nothing less than to make the Capital Area the most livable region in Michigan. Toward that end, it has established six goal areas.

  • Advance intellectual and social development by nurturing early childhood development, providing top-notch educational opportunities, and engaging youth;
  • Build a dynamic, diverse, and vibrant economy that is attractive for entrepreneurs and provides opportunities for all families to be self-sufficient;
  • Promote physical and mental health through access to care and environmental improvements that encourage healthy behaviors;
  • Keep homes and communities safe by strengthening families and neighborhoods;
  • Steward natural resources by embracing "smart growth" principles and using innovative resource management strategies; and
  • Strengthen the sense of community cohesion by actively engaging residents in the change process.

To gauge how well it is doing in these goal areas and to cultivate a sense of shared accountability, the PWC monitors 31 indicators of community well-being. An updated indicators report, Power of We: Strengthening Community Connections for Action, is published biennially and distributed throughout the community as a means to broaden awareness and engagement.

For more information about the Power of We Consortium, contact Peggy Roberts at (517) 887-4691.