USA Funds announced today it will invest nearly $1.3 million in improving graduation and employment outcomes for Detroit Public Schools students through the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program.
With this investment, up to 1,000 students in Detroit will receive instruction in job attainment and retention, leadership, and self-development paired with mentoring, academic support, and exposure to employers.
“As the speed of change in Detroit increases, the demands of businesses on our talent pool will become greater than ever and we need to focus on preparing Detroiters for the opportunities this growth will bring,” says Mayor Mike Duggan. “The Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program has a focus on improving graduation rates, moving students into post-secondary education and training that will prepare them for careers in Detroit’s new economy.”
Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates is part of Jobs for America’s Graduates, a national network that helps at-risk youth graduate from high school, claims a 90-percent graduation rate. Likewise, the economically disadvantaged youth who have participated in the school-to-work transition program secure full-time employment at three times the rate of their counterparts.
“Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates is an outstanding example of USA Funds’ philanthropic focus on postsecondary education ‘Completion With a Purpose,’ and we are proud to bring this successful program to Detroit,” said William D. Hansen, president and CEO of USA Funds. “JMG’s track record of increasing graduation rates and motivating students to create pathways to successful and rewarding careers will change the lives of so many young people in this community.”