- Community name: Kalamazoo
- Community or city website
- Population: 72,825
- Graduation rate: 63.1%
- Youth poverty rate: 36.5%
OverviewKalamazoo cares for its young people from infancy through adulthood with financial and volunteer resources that contribute to the development of young people. Youth leadership, family support, health and wellness and college eligibility programs are important components of the community’s model for serving young people.
- Strong Kids, Strong Families provided 636 scholarships to students in 2010 with the help of member and community contributions.
- The Street Academy trains youth to speak out about community improvements they’d like to see to groups of local leaders.
- The Kalamazoo Youth Development Network (KYDNet) connects 82 agencies focused on youth development to participate in monthly KYDNet Action Fridays.
- The Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship funds tuition at public colleges and universities in Michigan for every district graduate that meets minimal enrollment requirements.
- Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes provides emergency grocery supplies to more than 46,000 adults and 34,000 children through its grocery pantry program.
Foster kids have greater opportunities to be successful with a scholarship program that helps us to attend a four-year university.
The Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship and our Race to the Top Commencement, where President Barack Obama spoke at graduation, shows the power of our community and student body.
—Jordyn and Leah