Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit

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Register for Summit

No registration required for the 2021 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit. There will be required sign-in each day and at each Summit location.


2021 Theme: Moving Beyond Diversity…

The 2021 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit is now a week long event. Summit will take place Tuesday, June 1, 2021 through June 5, 2021.

The year’s theme reflects the power of the social justice events of 2020, sharing our personal and community stories around Moving Beyond Diversity…it is more than a Hashtag. While each community has unique veracities around diversity initiatives and the tokenization of them that often occur, that if addressed strategically, communities can interrupt this trend by challenging narratives, speaking truth to power, and creating a culture where diversity can be embraced and celebrated in its truest form.  


2021 SUMMIT AT -A- GLANCE

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What is Summit?

The Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit is now a weeklong experience for Grand Rapids residents, business owners and stakeholders to learn with and from each other about strategies, resources and opportunities to strengthen neighborhoods and advance equity. The week will start with an opening ceremony presentation and welcoming for our Elected Officials, community resource tables, intentionally curated workshops, interactive activities and a closing ceremony that includes a drawing of prizes from local Grand Rapids businesses and organizations. Attendees enter the prize drawing by visiting community resource tables where a table representative will stamp the attendees’ “Summit Passport”. Complete passports are entered into the drawing.


Summit Locations

Opening Ceremony | Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | Studio Park C | 123 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | Richmond Park, Ward One | 1101 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm 

Thursday, June 3, 2021 | Riverside Park, Ward Two | 2001 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49501 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Friday, June 4, 2021 | McKay Jaycee Park, Ward Three | 2531 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm 

Closing Ceremony | Saturday, June 5, 2021 | Studio Park C | 123 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


What others are saying about Summit

  • “Very diverse! I am hardly ever in such a diverse setting and wish it happened all the time!”
  • “I liked that it gave me lots of ideas and resources I can use for my family.”
  • “It was awesome…inspirational and informational!”
  • “Kids Summit was a great option because it enabled me to attend.”

Learn More

Want to learn more? Watch this video from a previous Summit!

Sponsorship Opportunities

This transformational event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community. We are currently seeking sponsors. Each donation helps us keep registration free for attendees, allows us to provide resources and COVID-19 safe practices, and to create an intentional space for Grand Rapids residents, business owners and stakeholder to learn together and build relationship to strengthen neighborhoods and advance equity in our city.

Please contact summit@grcity.us to make sponsorship arrangements. Sponsorship levels and benefits listed below. 

Sponsorship Levels


Gift Basket Donations

Want to donate a gift basket from a local business? Or a gift basket representing several businesses in a neighborhood? We welcome donations for the prize drawing during the closing session of Summit!

This is a great way to promote businesses, business associations and encourage residents to shop local and explore neighborhoods! Please contact summit@grcity.us to make pick up arrangements!


Thank You, Sponsors

This transformational event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our community. We are currently seeking sponsors. Each donation helps us keep registration free for attendees, allows us to provide childcare, and to create an intentional space for Grand Rapids residents, business owners and stakeholder to learn together and build relationship to strengthen neighborhoods and advance equity in our city.


2020 Sponsors

Lead Sponsor

City of Grand Rapids

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Community Table Sponsor

Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy logo


Community Celebration Sponsor

Grand Valley State University Division of Inclusion and Equity

Grand Valley State University's Division of Inclusion and Equity logo


Tree Canopy Sponsor

Mobile GR

City of Grand Rapids Mobile GR Department logo


Kids Summit Sponsor

Grand Rapids Public Schools

Grand Rapids Public School logo


Neighborhood Connector Sponsors

Grand Rapids Community College

Grand Rapids Community College logo


Rene Guzman Realtor

Rene Guzman Realtor logo


West Michigan Works!

West Michigan Works logo


Wege Foundation

Wege Foundation Logo

Community Garden Sponsors

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. logo


Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health logo


West Michigan Environmental Action Council

West Michigan Environmental Action Council logo


Block Party Sponsor

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Grand Rapids Community Foundation logo


Block Captain Sponsors

Cascade Engineering

Cascade Engineering logo


Frey Foundation

Frey Foundation logo


Good for Michigan

Good for MI logo


Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses

Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses logo


Grand Rapids Public Museum

Grand Rapids Public Museum logo


John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo logo


West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce logo


Good Neighbor Sponsors

Dwelling Place of Greater Grand Rapids NPHC

Grand Circus

Milinda Ysasi

Kids Summit this year will not have childcare available to the children, age 0 – 5, but will have activities for both Kids and Parents/Guardian to do together.  Kid’s Summit activities are for Grand Rapids residents attending #2021GRSummit. Kids Summit takes place at the same location at the same time as regular Summit. Pre-registration is not required this year with more details to come on that process.

ADA Compliant

The Summit locations are completely compliant with the American Disability Act (ADA) and we are partnering with the Disability Advocates of Kent County to pro-actively take steps to make the event even more accessible. In addition, there are numerous disability parking options on campus.


Breastfeeding Friendly

This event is a breastfeeding friendly environment. Feed your child wherever and whenever you want. We'll have a private nursing room as well.


Interpretación/Interpretation (Spanish/English)

Servicios de interpretación profesional va a estar disponible para las personas que lo soliciten. Tambien habran coluntarios que hablen español e inglés que estaran dispuestos a traducir informalmente. Estos tendran un boton que dice “Soy Bilingüe” en su camiseta.

We'll provide professional interpretation services. Make sure to request this service when you register. We also ask if registrants are bilingual English and Spanish. If so, we give them a “Soy Bilingüe” button. This lets others know they're willing to help with informal interpretation.

Summit Leadership Team

Thank you to the Leadership Team for their efforts and countless volunteer hours in shaping and coordinating this event. Due to their intentionality and commitment, this event consistently receives rave reviews each year.


Jordoun Eatman

Summit Director


Lilibeth Genao

Logistics Coordinator


Sharra Poncil

Volunteer Coordinator


Evette Pittman

Registration Coordinator


Ken Godwin

Health & Safety Coordinator


Shi’Anna Giden

Summit Market Place Coordinator


Latrisha Sosebee

Community Resource Table Coordinator


Magdalena Rivera

Neighborhood Liason/ Second Ward Park Lead


Sophia Schaffer

First Ward Park Lead


Dishā Roddy

Third Ward Park Lead


Javier Cervantes

Social Media Coordinator


Elissa Soto

Outreach Coordinator


Rachel Lee

Food Coordinator


Stacy Stout

Fundraising

The 2021 Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit has volunteer opportunities waiting to be filled. Click on the Volunteer Registration Form below for a list of all available positions and the chance to register.

Volunteer Registration

Attendees can use the MyStop app or the Transit app that are both available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store to help them view bus arrivals in real time. Each bus stop also has a unique text feature that you can message to receive arrival info.


Ward 1 Location – Richmond Park

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 6pm – 9pm

TRANSIT OPTIONS

Route 9 – Alpine (Stop at Richmond and head west)

  • Route 9 – Alpine
  • Route 7 – West Leonard
  • Route 18 – West Side
  • Route 12 – West Fulton
  • Route LL – Laker Line
  • Route 8 – Grandville/Rivertown
  • Route 16 – Wyoming/Metro Health
  • Route 10 – Clyde Park
  • Route 1 – Division
  • Route SL – Silver Line

Ward 2 Location – Riverside Park

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 6pm – 9pm

TRANSIT OPTIONS

Route 11 – Plainfield (Stop at Knapp and head west)

  • Route 5 – Wealthy/Woodland
  • Route 6 – Eastown/Woodland
  • Route 14 – East Fulton
  • Route 15 – East Leonard
  • Route 13 – Michigan/Fuller
  • Route 11 – Plainfield

Ward 3 Location – McKay Jaycee Park

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 6pm – 9pm

TRANSIT OPTIONS

Route 2 – Kalamazoo (Stop at McKay Jaycee and head west)

  • Route 5 – Wealthy/Woodland
  • Route 2 – Kalamazoo
  • Route 4 – Eastern
  • Route 3 – Madison
  • Route 1 – Division
  • Route SL – Silver Line