What is the Discovering PLACE program?

Discovering PLACE envisions a future where our youth develop a sense of self value, wonder, hope, and empowerment, supported by school/community partnerships that enable youth to identify and address environmental and social needs in their community. Through Place-Based Education (PBE) projects, youth will be empowered, learning will be enhanced, and communities will be strengthened. Youth will recognize the interconnectedness between self, society, and environment.

Part of the University Outreach office at the University of Michigan-Flint, Discovering PLACE works with Flint-area teachers by providing professional development opportunities. In addition, UM-Flint University Outreach offers a free video series on PBE for teachers, parents, and community members. Once teachers decide to participate in a curricular project promoting stewardship, Discovery PLACE offers grant funding opportunities, and assistance through the implementation of class projects, which connect students to their surroundings while aligning with required curriculum and addressing a local community or environment need.

Place-Based Education offers multiple benefits. When youth work alongside community partners on projects with real-world relevance, their understanding of academic matter is enhanced. Students also develop a sense of stewardship toward their community.

The Discovering PLACE program is supported by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initative (GLSI). Funded by the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the GLSI is represented by nine hub programs across Michigan which support place-based education in their local regions.

Discovering PLACE is a program of University Outreach at the University of Michigan-Flint. One of nine hubs of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initative (GLSI), the program aims to help students develop into Flint community and environmental stewards. Working with Flint-area teachers and community partners, Discovering PLACE supports Place-Based Education projects to help students connect with their surroundings.

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