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  • Flint’s M.A.D.E. Institute founder finds lessons in Nipsey Hussle tragedy.

    For a local man who now creates opportunities for people who have been incarcerated, west coast rapper Nipsey Hussle’s death hits home. “Never let what happened to him discourage you from doing this work. Even more so, you should want to do it even more,” said Leon EL-Alamin, founder and

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  • MADE Institute expands its proven rehabilitation programs.

    Homes mean hope for many formerly incarcerated men and women. The need for stable housing is always a priority for anyone recently released from prison, including those from Flint and Genesee County. Flint’s MADE Institute has expanded its mission to support returning citizens through job training, education and mentoring to

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  • M.A.D.E. Institute Opportunity for Everyone

    In 2010, Leon Abdullah El-Alamin and Timothy Abdul-Matin began the transition back to society after spending several years in prison. They came back to Flint with a new outlook on life. “I realized, during my incarceration, just how much damage my early lifestyle did on the community, my family, friends

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  • Former inmates encounter challenges.

    FLINT, Mich. – André Wallace, 35, was 14 years old the first time he was locked up. The Flint man said the American dream felt out of reach. “America just wasn’t showing me, growing up, that there was a better life out there than what I was already experiencing. I

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  • Genusee getting ready for first order of glasses made from water bottles.

    Genusee, which was featured on ABC World News Tonight in May, has set up shop in Flint to manufacture the eyeglasses with hopes of growing more in the future. The company is the vision of Ali Rose VanOverbeke. Her dream of producing glasses made in Flint from the same water

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