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This grant will enable Career Alliance, Inc., to continue the Jobs for America's Graduates program at two Flint area high schools. The Jobs for America's Graduates program is the nation's largest school-to-work model aimed at preventing dropouts among young people who are most at-risk. In 2012, the grantee provided 130 students from Flint Northern and Northwestern high schools with a series of year-round classroom and work-based learning experiences such as academic and counseling supports, skills training, and summer employment. Recommended support will allow Career Alliance, Inc., to strengthen and expand the Jobs for America's Graduates program at Flint Southwestern and Northwestern high schools.
This grant will enable Mott Community College to pilot a remedial/refresher course entitled Literacy Initiative: Increasing Literacy Levels for At-Risk Youth in College-Connected Programs, which is designed to assist students in meeting the eligibility requirements for job training, high school diploma, GED, and/or postsecondary education programs. Through an intensive and short-term boot camp-style course, Mott Community College will increase students' math, reading, computer, and communications skills up to program levels and workplace standards. Recommended support will enable Mott Community College to combine technology and instructional techniques designed to match the learning style and interests of the learners to engage students in intensive learning situations that will accelerate learning rates, boost basic skills, and improve academic habits and employability skills.
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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