Community Empowerment

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“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” – Frederick Douglas   The Grand Rapids metropolitan region had the highest growth in poverty from 2000 to 2010 compared to all other regions in the country, according to the Brookings institute.  This seems difficult to believe when you think about all of the… Read more »

CLA – Culinary Leadership Academy

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The Culinary Leadership Academy is a Workforce Development training leading to a nationally recognized credential in the food service industry, i.e. ServSafe Manager Certification. A Workforce Development training leading to a nationally recognized credential in the food industry, i.e. ServSafe Certification. The core learning session of the Culinary Leadership Academy is six weeks. The participants will… Read more »

Workforce Development

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Across the country a lot of attention is being given to a group of young adults referred to as “disconnected” or “opportunity” youth.   These are young adults between the ages of 16-24 who are neither in school nor employed.  A study by the Annie E Casey Foundation in 2013 reported that this age group has… Read more »

Education

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Education is the roadmap to success, but for far too many this journey is riddled with obstacles.  Just a couple years ago the GR Press reported that 83% of children starting Kindergarten from the urban core communities were not ready to learn; compare that to the 85% of Steepletown’s preschool children who last year were… Read more »

Quotes From Past Graduates

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History Blog Guest Bloggers – Past Participants Jonathan W. – “The reason I want to accomplish getting my GED is because, for one, you need it to survive long term. And the second reason is to hope on bettering my future.” Amber W. – “GED helped me with jobs, I am getting more opportunities just… Read more »