2012-08-16 / Community

Youth program to expand

MARQUETTE – The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, based out of Marquette, will be expanding its vulnerable youth work, beginning in seven counties in the Upper Peninsula. Efforts will focus on collaborating with communities to develop resource networks for improving conditions and academic success for the most vulnerable youth so they can become successful adults.

The expansion is funded by a $905,000 three year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek.

“The most vulnerable youth tend to struggle to succeed in school and are often left behind in their teen and young adult years,” said Judy Watson Olson, president and CEO of Great Lakes Center for Youth Development. “With coordinated community support, we can help struggling youth gain the skills and experience they need to thrive.”

Recently, GLCYD has established a Vulnerable Youth Learning Network in Baraga County and a College Access/ Career Readiness Network in Marquette and Alger counties. The funding will allow for GLCYD to replicate and/or support these types of resource networks beginning with the targeted areas of Alger, Baraga, Delta, Houghton, Marquette and Schoolcraft counties. Ultimately, GLCYD plans to expand the work throughout the entire U.P.

In addition to the Vulnerable Youth Learning Networks and College Access Networks, GLCYD will host a Vulnerable Youth Convening for youthserving organizations. The convening will allow organizations across the U.P. to network, share best practices and learn additional collaborative service models that may be implemented in their area for a collective impact in supporting youth. There will also be workshops throughout the region on topics that relate to vulnerable youth in the U.P., beginning with a special vulnerable youth track at the annual U.P. Nonprofit Conference to be held on Oct. 19, in Marquette.

For more information on the Baraga Vulnerable Youth Learning Network and the Marquette-Alger College Access Networks and for updates on this vulnerable youth project, visit www.glcyd.org.

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