Blogging and Y.P.S.I

This morning a young man named Johntavis Hayes came in to get some help setting up his blog on working at Habitat for Humanity.

Johntavis is a 17-year-old Ypsilanti High School student who is a part of a program for young adults called the Ypsilanti Positive Success Initiative (or, quite cleverly Y.P.S.I.) The program is for students who are not on track for a typical 4-5 year high school degree and have an IEP. The idea behind the program is to help these students become active in their communities, increasing their success post-graduation.

For Johntavis, that means working at the Habitat for Humanity warehouse in Ann Arbor. There he does many things, which he explains in his own words in his first blog post.

Johntavis and I set up his blog where he can share some of his experiences working at the Habitat warehouse at We set his blog up on Blogspot because that’s the website he’d used before and is most comfortable with.

It was a lot of fun to help Johntavis, and even more fun to be able to talk to him for a while. The great thing about this lab is getting to know a little bit more about the community, and people, we write for. It’s so important for journalists to not forget how important knowing the community they write for is. Plus, it’s very rewarding to be able to be involved and a part of a community, especially one as vibrant and awesome as Ypsilanti (though I may be biased since I do live here!)

As usual, I’m in the lab every Monday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop in and say hi!


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