June 28, 2017
It is was great pride and excitement that McKinley share with you this wonderful news about the Neutral Zone (NZ). We have been a core supporter of this marvelous organization from the start, and we are so proud of this amazing accomplishment:
ANN ARBOR, MI. - The Neutral Zone, a diverse youth-driven teen center located in Ann Arbor, was selected by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan as the recipient of the 2017 Richard F. Huegli Award for Program Excellence. The award was presented at the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, June 27.
The Award annually recognizes a nonprofit that reflects Mr. Huegli’s vision of high standards in human services programming and belief in human potential. Huegli served in the human services sector in southeast Michigan for nearly half a century before his death in 1988. He helped to establish the Community Foundation and worked as acting director in its first year. Previous winners include the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, HAVEN, the Rose Hill Center, and United Methodist Retirement Communities.
The Neutral Zone was founded by teens and adults in 1998 as a concert venue to provide a safe, supportive space for teens on Saturday nights. Today, the organization has grown exponentially to supporting weekend concerts and special events, as well as an after-school drop in space with over 20 programs in visual and media arts, music performance and technology, literary arts, community leadership, and education. During the school year, approximately 350 teens visit weekly, 200 participate in summer programming, and another 500 young people visit through school and community partnership projects during the school day.
Over the past decade, Neutral Zone has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally as a high-quality youth development organization in delivering distinctly effective programming focused on engaging youth in meaningful decision-making, mentorship, and leadership. Neutral Zone is proud to have supported over 60 organizations, schools, and community health based centers to increase their youth-driven practices and are excited to continue efforts that engage young people to have student voice, build restorative communities and lead artistic and community based initiatives.
“It is an absolute honor to be awarded the Richard F. Huegli Award for Program Excellence,” says Lori Roddy, Executive Director of Neutral Zone. “Being chosen for this award reaffirms our work in the community and the unique partnership between the Community Foundation and Neutral Zone.”
June 27, 2017
McKinley is proud to announce that it has received the prestigious 2017 National CIGNA Well Being Award. This honor recognizes companies with a remarkable quality and excellence in health awareness. McKinley was honored with this award Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at MidAmerica Club in Chicago, Illinois.
“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award and I feel so fortunate to be surrounded and supported by such an amazing team who all contribute to making McKinley Healthy Living the world class program that it is today,” stated Meredith Mitchell, Health and Wellness Director. “The most important thing we do is connect with people and by connecting with them we have the opportunity to help them make healthy lifestyle changes they can adopt and maintain! I'm so thankful for the opportunity and to be a part of this world class team,” added Mitchell.
“It's an incredible achievement for our team to receive this honor from Cigna. Cigna is a wonderful partner for us in the employee benefits arena,” shared David Peabody, Senior Vice President & Managing Director - HR Services & Risk Management. “I'm very proud of the commitment to health and wellness from all of our McKinley team members that made this possible and continue to be amazed by the passion and innovation Meredith brings that consistently pushes everyone to excellence,” stated Peabody.