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This grant will provide continued support to Lansing Community College for its High School Diploma Completion Initiative. The High School Diploma Completion Initiative provides students who have dropped out of high school between the ages of 16 and 19 with a chance to simultaneously earn a diploma and credits toward an associate’s degree and/or occupational certificate. Recommended support will enable Lansing Community College to integrate a work-based learning component within this blended high school-to-college model.
This grant will provide lead and partial support to Editorial Projects in Education to provide an independent resource to the field on issues of high school graduation through its Diplomas Count publication. In 2013, Editorial Projects in Education published the eighth edition of Diplomas Count. The publication provided an in-depth exploration of high school graduation and the larger education reform landscape. Recommended support will enable Editorial Projects in Education to publish the next two editions of Diplomas Count and focus new research and coverage on emerging issues in high school reform and college readiness.
This grant will provide partial support to the Youth Transition Funders Group, a project of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. This network of grantmakers was formed in 2001 to focus specifically on improving the transition of youth into adulthood. The group provides a forum for foundations to network and develop complementary grantmaking strategies to create opportunities for youth in transition. Key activities in 2014 will include elevating the dialogue on cross-cutting issues for youth, supporting funder collaborations, and expanding the network’s framework in the philanthropic and public sectors.
The Mott Foundation’s Pathways Out of Poverty program supports initiatives around the United States that seek to improve community education, especially for traditionally underserved children and youth.
Specifically, we seek strategies, programs and policies that help reconnect dropouts and struggling students with opportunities to earn a diploma, develop employment-related skills and access supports to help them successfully transition to adulthood. Related funding in Mott’s hometown of Flint, Mich., is also made via our Flint Area program.
Although Julia Irving received a leadership award and was named “an unsung hero” by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, she says it is the Washington, D.C.-based foundation itself that is the real leader and unsung hero.
As the community liaison and outreach coordinator for the Sixth District of the city’s Metropolitan Police Department, Irving sees firsthand the benefits of the local community foundation, which has been serving the metro region since 1973.
“We can’t arrest our way out of delinquency and crime,” said Irving, a D.C. native and current resident.
“We need to have an institution like the community foundation that has a stream of resources to support 100-plus nonprofits, some of which provide services to wayward youths before they get into legal trouble.”
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Andrew Stewart, a student at Lansing Community College’s High School Diploma Completion Initiative (LCC HSDCI) — where students earn college credit while completing their high school diploma requirements — talks about why the program has helped him regain his footing in this short video. Supported by Mott — the dual enrollment program has been a lifechanger, says Andrew’s mom, Sabrina.
Video courtesy of Lansing Community College Media Services (LCC)
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