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This grant will enable Mott Community College to continue an intensive and short-term, boot-camp style program that raises students’ literacy and readiness levels to meet eligibility requirements for job training, high school diploma, GED, and/or postsecondary education programs. In the first year of this initiative, 252 low-skilled students enrolled in this remedial/refresher course with more than 165 increasing their skill levels by two grades. Recommended support will allow Mott Community College to further develop this course in an effort to boost and improve the academic habits and employability skills of low-skilled students.
This grant will enable the Youth Connection Charter School to continue to develop and model a blended secondary, postsecondary, and career training initiative titled the Career Pathways Program. This program provides dropouts and off-track students access to an accelerated and structured system of career-track opportunities as the context for high school learning and postsecondary education. Currently, there are 14 schools, an increase from the initial five pilot sites in 2010, implementing the program. Recommended support will enable the Youth Connection Charter School to broaden its efforts to embed the program across its 20- school network and facilitate activities to enhance the model's ability to prepare students for postsecondary programs and success. Nearly 4,000 students will have access to the program.
This grant will provide continued support to School & Main Institute for its Schools for the Future model. Schools for the Future is a competency-based model designed for students who are behind by multiple grade levels, including dropouts who are now interested in earning a diploma and going onto postsecondary study. In 2013, School & Main Institute provided program support to sites in Detroit and Jacksonville, Florida, to implement the Schools for the Future design. Recommended support will enable School & Main Institute to continue to develop the model, provide ongoing implementation support to existing sites, and launch a new site in Hartford, Connecticut in partnership with Our Piece of the Pie, a youth and education nonprofit.
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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