FFE-Supported MyCITY Program Selected as Youth Program of the Year

From YOU:

MyCITY, YOU’s summer youth employment program, was chosen as the 2019 Youth Program of the Year by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP). YOU Director Eric Stewart and Youth Services Coordinator Paige Farrell were in Chicago this past week to accept the award at the annual NAWDP Youth Symposium.

MyCITY is a career exploration program offering paid work experience for individuals age 14-21-years old during the summer months. It began serving Kalamazoo youth in 2017 and expanded to Battle Creek in its summer 2019 run. MyCITY offers work experience placements in community businesses, parks and neighborhood centers and instruction in employability skills and career training.

Stewart and Farrell, along with their talented team of workforce development staff, work tirelessly year-round to make this program what it is today.

This past summer, MyCITY served over 300 individuals and partnered with over 70 community organizations throughout the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek areas.

A portion of the program nomination, which was submitted by Kathleen Olsen on behalf of Michigan Works! Southwest, is as follows and highlights the dedication of the YOU team.

“Stewart’s focus on staff development and his ability to help staff uncover their talents and identify their strengths has resulted in a team of workforce development professionals who are committed to excellence and dedicated to the youth served. He has also been able to implement the use of more technology and customized software to streamline the registration process and track data that supports MyCITY and the many other programs and services provided by YOU; ultimately helping to maintain and enhance the critical role YOU plays in the communities it serves.”

YOU Director Eric Stewart notoriously signs off with a quote from Simon Sinek: “Together is Better." And today, that couldn’t ring truer.

MyCITY Kalamazoo is funded by the City of Kalamazoo, Foundation for Excellence, United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, and Michigan Works! Southwest. MyCITY Battle Creek is supported by the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Michigan Works! Southwest and BCVision.

YOU is a career pathway organization serving individuals in the four-county area of Kalamazoo, Calhoun, St. Joseph and Branch. To learn more about YOU, visit kresa.org/you.


City Commission Adopts 2020 Meeting Schedule

On December 16, the City Commission adopted a resolution establishing its pdf 2020 schedule of regular meetings (13 KB) . The 2020 schedule of regular City Commission meetings was created with following parameters in mind:

  • both the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and City Commission Rule #1 require the Commission to establish a schedule of its regular meetings for the calendar year.
  • City Commission Rule #1 specifies the Commission will hold its Regular Business Meetings on the first and third Mondays of the month, except as specified in the annual schedule of meetings.
  • Section 8(a) of the City Charter requires that the City Commission meet “not less than twice each month.”
  • if a City-observed holiday falls on the first or third Monday of the month, the Commission meeting has been moved to the next business day.

In addition to Business Meetings, the 2020 schedule also includes Neighborhood Meetings on the third Monday of every month from February through November. This schedule does not include any special Business Meetings, Committee of the Whole Meetings, or Work Sessions, which are scheduled as needed throughout the year.

Social Justice Youth Award Nominations Accepted through January 7, 2020

The City of Kalamazoo is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Social Justice Youth Awards. The awards recognize Kalamazoo-area students that have demonstrated achievements in racial justice, community service, volunteerism, and leadership.

A total of seven students will be recognized by the Social Justice Youth Awards program. The City of Kalamazoo sponsors the Dr. Lewis Walker Award, which honors Dr. Walkers legacy as a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo. Six additional awards will be presented by the program sponsors: Consumers Energy, Schupan and Sons, Fifth Third Bank, Life EMS, Lodge-Dennis, and Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War. The award recipients will receive a $300 scholarship and a certificate of recognition

The awards will be presented at the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 21, the day after the Martin Luther King, Jr Community-Wide Day of Service.

Nominations are accepted from adults who work with young people in any capacity, such as teachers, mentors, or coaches. Kalamazoo-area students between the ages of 12-19 are eligible for the award. Nominations are due by Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.kalamazoocity.org/walkeraward. Paper applications are also available from the City Manager’s Office at City Hall. If you need assistance, please contact (269) 337-8047. More information is available at www.kalamazoocity.org/mlk.



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