This is My YEAR! Program Returns to Saginaw
DNMM has once again received a grant from the Michigan DNR and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to provide an at-risk youth employment and outdoor recreation program in the city of Saginaw.
In partnership with several area agencies and non-profits, DNMM will employ 90 young people, ages 16-19, who qualify for the free school lunch program in the city of Saginaw. During the summer, eligible youth will spend 20 hours per week participating in pre-employment training, career planning, leadership, skill building, work experiences, current events & issues discussions, and outdoor recreational opportunities.
Parishioners on Patrol of Saginaw, S.T.R.I.V.E, Victorious Believers Ministries, the Mexican-American Council, and The Michigan Banner are returning as community partners for this employment and recreation project. The American GI Forum will be added as a new partner for this year.
“Disability Network became the lead partner in this program because of our commitment to helping young people prepare for careers, for college, and for living independently,” said David Emmel, Executive Director at Disability Network of Mid-Michigan.
“Summer jobs are an important component in the process of preparing today’s young adults for tomorrow’s workforce,” said Lowell Gisel, Skill Development program manager at Disability Network. “Meaningful employment helps young people develop the work habits, attitudes, and skills needed for continued success in work and in life."
“During his State of the State address, Governor Snyder cited this program as ‘a key priority’ and we’re excited to once again be a part of this opportunity for the Saginaw community,” said Pastor Larry Camel of Parishioners on Patrol of Saginaw. “These experiences will teach young people about work ethic and about employer expectations. In addition, the program will provide participants with knowledge and skills that will enable them to make positive, life-long contributions to the Great Lakes Bay region.”