Revitalizing the Education Continuum

We work to increase educational opportunities that will help Flint area children, youth and adults achieve success in the classroom and the workplace.

Lifelong learning expands the horizons of people and, in turn, their communities.

How It Works

From our earliest days, Mott’s work in Flint has embraced the essential role that education plays in shaping the community values, norms and institutions that help people achieve their full potential.

Early Childhood Education

This grantmaking seeks to increase access to high quality early childhood education in Flint and contribute to state and national policy conversations about the need for more robust early care and learning opportunities.

Specifically, we make grants to:

  • support the collection and analysis of data at two pilot demonstration sites in Flint; and
  • connect the work in Flint with the national Educare Learning Network, thereby supporting impact in our home community and across the country.

Strong K–12 Systems

This work seeks to cultivate a strong, sustainable K–12 system that provides local families with high quality educational choices.

We make grants to:

  • strengthen the capacity of the Flint Community Schools to help students succeed both inside and outside the classroom;
  • help the district work towards long-term financial stability;
  • cultivate throughout the community a range of attractive learning opportunities that meet the diverse needs of K–12 students and their families; and
  • provide students with alternative pathways to higher education.

Community Education

This grantmaking supports a reenvisioned approach to community education for Flint residents.

Specifically, we make grants that help educators, residents and other area partners work together to offer in each school an approach to community education that is responsive to the unique needs and interests — academic, social, recreational and health — of students, their families and neighborhoods.

College and Career Pathways

This works seeks to ensure that residents have access to multiple educational and career pathways.

We make grants to:

  • strengthen the capacity of area colleges and universities to ensure that every resident has the opportunity to pursue a higher education; and
  • help unemployed and underemployed residents obtain the job and skills training they need to enter and succeed in the labor market.

The kids in Flint deserve the very best educational opportunities possible, from the classroom to before- and after-school programs and beyond. We need to surround and support them with as many high quality learning experiences as we can.

Ridgway H. White, president and CEO