Program for At-Risk Youth Gets $250,000 Grant

BENTON HARBOR — A program that works with at-risk young people in southwest Michigan has received a $250,000 grant to expand its operations. Youth Solutions, Incorporated is part of Kinexus and an extension of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program. Director Kristin Harrington tells WSJM News Youth Solutions pairs at-risk kids with mentors, working in Benton Harbor, Hartford, and Dowagiac schools to make sure those kids graduate.

“We were selected by America’s Promise Alliance for this grant because we have such demonstrated progress in making an impact on the graduation rate,” Harrington said. “Last year, from the class of 2016, of the students were served, 98% of them graduated.”

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Youth Solutions Gets 2-Year, $250K Grant

BENTON HARBOR — A Kinexus statewide organization is getting $250,000 in grant funding over the next two years to help increase high school graduation rates.

America’s Promise Alliance announced that Youth Solutions Inc. was awarded a GradNation Acceleration Grant, as part of the GradNation campaign to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.

Youth Solutions Inc. is one of five state and community grant recipients around the country that offer services in correlation with the campaign.

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America’s Promise Alliance and AT&T Announce GradNation Acceleration Grant Recipients in Five States

WASHINGTONFeb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — America’s Promise Alliance, with generous support from AT&T, announced today the selection of five GradNation Acceleration Grant recipients, as part of the GradNation campaign to raise the high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020. The selected grantees represent two state and three community efforts poised to accelerate progress for more young people to high school graduation and post-secondary success.

Totaling $800,000 over the two-year grant period, each of the two state grantees will receive $250,000 and each of the three community grantees will receive $100,000. Roughly 5,000 young people are estimated to be impacted across all five grantees.

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