Michigan State University Extension Kalamazoo County 4-H is involved in Communities For All Ages (CFAA), a national initiative that helps communities address critical issues from a multi-generational perspective. Throughout north Kalamazoo, CFAA brings together nonprofits to work with people of all ages to effect community change. The New Genesis Education Center, the Ecumenical Senior Center, the Douglass Community Association and the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch NAACP are just some of the partners involved. The CFAA Northside Team adopted the Alternative Learning Program for middle school students within the Kalamazoo Public Schools as a way for people of all ages to work with the youth.
For one week in May, the CFAA team hosted a weeklong event at the middle school focusing on goals worked on throughout the year. Kids were encouraged to achieve their goals in life by staying away from drugs and gang activity. The youth interviewed local leaders and in turn were interviewed by them. The week culminated in poetry slam activities and a trip to the Kalamazoo Museum to see how history has played a part in their lives.