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Education Outreach Program

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS)

  • Program Exploratory and Special Projects
  • Program Area Special Projects
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period July 1, 2004–July 31, 2006
  • Location Dearborn, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus Michigan

About this grant

The Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) provides educational outreach to promote better understanding and greater tolerance of Arab Americans and Muslims in southeastern Michigan. Currently, ACCESS conducts workshops on the Arab world, Arab and Chaldean Americans, and Islam in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, metro Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing.Multiyear funding will enable ACCESS to continue working across the state, and particularly with Flint area schools and institutions, including the University of Michigan-Flint. Goals for the next two years include conducting 140 two-hour professional development off-site workshops for educators with 20 in the Flint area; 200 presentations for students with 30 in Flint area schools; 10 presentations for law enforcement agencies and six legislator workshops; and establishing an "adopt-a-school" program for public schools in underserved communities.Since 2002, ACCESS has completed more than 350 workshops in Michigan with educators, students, law-enforcement personnel and legislators.