Flint Students Detail Benefits of Dropout Prevention Program During Whitmer Visit

FLINT — Listening to the results of Flint students enrolled in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer said at a round table discussion Thursday that similar programs need to be expanded throughout the state.

The program, offered by Mott Community College in partnership with Jobs for America’s Graduates and Michigan Works, helps students at risk of dropping out or who have already dropped out develop life skills and connects them with prospective employers and educational institutions.

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U of M Study Shows Major Gains for Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students

LANSING –Kristin Harrington, executive director of Youth Solutions, which provides Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates programming through partnerships all over Michigan, knows change is possible.

“The challenge in Michigan is building our youth talent pipeline,” said Harrington. “In Michigan, nearly 11,000 kids drop out of high school every year. Without that building block of a diploma, students are more than twice as likely to live in poverty, 63 times more likely to be incarcerated and
59 percent more likely to be unemployed.”

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Study Reveals Job Gains with JMG

BENTON HARBOR –A research study by the University of Michigan-Flint shows students who enrolled in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates  program have a higher graduation rate, higher weekly wages, and an increased likelihood of enrolling in college.

The JMG program was established 10 years ago to help at-risk youth graduate from high school and be prepared for the future.

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