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This grant increase will continue to support the overall activities of the Youth Transition Funders Group, a project of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. This group provides a forum for foundations to network and develop complementary grantmaking strategies for youth in transition. The activities supported under this increase will allow the Youth Transition Funders group to increase outreach efforts to new funders, develop new leadership, and partner with philanthropic and other stakeholders engaged in national initiatives to improve education and employment outcomes for vulnerable youth.
This grant will provide support to YouthBuild USA to continue to align education and sector-based strategies to provide students in its network access to advanced opportunities in high-demand occupations. Through this project, the grantee has worked with affiliate programs in developing focused articulation agreements with community colleges, certification training pathways, and placement and apprenticeship opportunities for students in the construction and healthcare industries. Over the past year, students enrolled in this focused career development effort have successfully moved into entry-level employment and/or further postsecondary opportunities. Recommended support will enable the grantee to deepen and expand its education and sector-based activities to additional affiliate programs across the U.S.
This grant increase will allow Rutgers University to continue the development of a college access and success toolkit for stakeholders interested in developing pre-college programs for underserved students. In 2013, Rutgers University hosted a national convening spotlighting the most effective approaches for preparing low-income and minority students for college. With this grant increase, Rutgers University will build on the 2013 convening and produce an open source guide on best practices in pre-college programming and assist five higher education institutions in adapting the Rutgers Future Scholars model.
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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