A Michigan Grads Program Sets Its Sights High

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ten years ago, Michigan was struggling as much as anywhere in the United States. There was no end to the recession in sight, and the state’s famed automotive and manufacturing industries were facing an uncertain future. The communities that depended on those industries were suffering from layoffs and a diminishing tax base, which hit school districts in turn. For places like Benton Harbor, a small city in the lower peninsula that had below-average high school graduation rates even in the best of times, a crisis seemed imminent.

That’s what compelled a group of community leaders to bring the nationally acclaimed Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program to Michigan. Aptly named Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG), the program improves high school graduation rates and prepares students for success post-graduation.

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Large Grant for Youth Program

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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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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