Millions of children across the nation prepared to go back to school in person last fall after having faced challenges due to the ongoing health, economic, and social consequences of the pandemic. The pandemic has uniquely impacted children as they experience the crisis during an important part of their social, physical, and emotional development. Further, households with minority underrepresented youth have been particularly hard hit by the loss of income and food/housing insecurity, which all affect health and well-being.


We (Soho Youth Club) teamed up with Community Action Network (CAN) and Brightly Twisted to offer a community back-to-school event for minority underrepresented youth in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area. Brightly Twisted and their team presented our tie-dying workshop that offered an opportunity to escape the stress of everyday life. Additionally, our team was able to give away backpacks and other necessary school supplies to over 100 kids for free as well as provide them a barbecued meal. We were able to achieve our goal of helping prepare the minority underrepresented youth in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area to be best prepared for the return to school.