FLINT — Two Mott Community College (MCC) programs were honored as Children’s Champions at the Priority Children Children’s Champion Awards breakfast Feb. 8.
The JAG/JMG & LEAP program was recognized as a Champion in the category of “Opportunities to Develop Life Skills for Youth,” and the College’s Motherly Intercession Service Learning Initiative was recognized in the category of providing “Volunteerism Opportunities for Youth or to Serve Youth.
“It is gratifying to have these two deserving programs recognized with the Children’s Champion Award,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “The staff and faculty who implement our JAG/JMG and Service Learning programs embody the spirit of our mission as a community college.”
MCC’s Jobs for Michigan Graduates (JMG) program of MCC Workforce Development area, in partnership with Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and Genesee, Shiawassee, Thumb Michigan Works, helps young people develop life skills and prepare them for employment through educational and training initiatives. JAG is a nationwide dropout prevention and recovery program for youth.
The JMG program helps area young people who are at risk of dropping out of high school, or who have already dropped out, to graduate and make successful transitions to post-secondary education or meaningful employment.
MCC’s Workforce Development JMG and LEAP programs served 136 students in the 2015-16 academic year, with a goal of serving 200 students in the 2016-17 academic year. The program has 1600 students statewide. The Flint program graduation rate is 92%, with a job placement rate of 50 percent. The rate of students who seek post-secondary education is 71%, the highest in the state.
The Motherly Intercession Service Learning Initiative is a partnership with Motherly Intercession, a Flint-area nonprofit organization dedicated to helping improve the lives of children whose parents are, or were, incarcerated. MCC volunteer tutors work one-on-one with children to help with homework and to build literacy skills.
Since the program was launched in winter of 2014, nearly 100 Mott students, faculty, and staff have served as volunteer tutors at Motherly Intercession. Students are recruited campus-wide, and many who volunteer are members of the Honors College and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Faculty who teach in the disciplines of mathematics, reading and English, also provide an opportunity for students to volunteer as a part of a service-learning component in their courses. — G.G.