W.K. Kellogg Foundation awards $900K jobs grant to Grand Rapids Community Foundation


The Youth Force GR program pairs students with jobs at local nonprofits. photo via fb.com

For the third year in a row, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded funding to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s summer programs.

This year, a $900,000 grant will go toward supporting GRCF’s summer jobs program, recently renamed “Youth Force GR,” which helps low-income youth find job training and employment. This year, the program, which started in 2011, is expecting a higher turnout of youth ages 14-24 to participate.

“Summer employment is not just about showing up and getting a paycheck anymore. Grand Rapids’ young people are ready to be challenged in the way they view work, education and future careers,” said Marcia Rapp, GRCF’s vice president of programs.

“With this grant, we are working to temporarily fill youth employment gaps and increase youth access to jobs and training. This grant provides young people with the opportunity to work while still being able to focus on education and positive life goals in order to be successful in their future employment and careers.”

Thanks to the additional grant from the Kellogg Foundation, GRCF awarded grants, which ranged from $5,000 to $60,000, to 12 local nonprofits/groups: Bethany Christian Services, City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Urban League, Hispanic Center of West Michigan, Jubilee Jobs, Kids’ Food Basket, New City Neighbors, Other Way Ministries, Project C.O.O.L., Steepletown Neighborhood Services, Wedgwood Christian Services and Worldwide Christian Schools/Comprenew.

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