Episode #410 - December 4th, 2019
This week on Education Counts Michiana, we've found four more initiatives that are working towards education and building community. The Bridge Academy in Benton Harbor is an alternative school in job training partnership with Kinexus. Check out the Three Mirrors project at the Center for the Homeless and how guests are creating art from upcycled materials. The project works with local merchants to keep materials out of the landfill and provides jobs and education for guests. Meet Nicholas Buamah, a new author who is sharing his vocabulary with other students through books. Learn how the Science Academy at ETHOS Innovation Center is allowing kids to discover the world of science.
Original Airdate: December 04, 2019

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    Science Academy

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    The ETHOS Innovation Center in Elkhart provides many opportunities for kids to get an up close look at the scientific world. And through the Science Academy, students are able to experience a hands on experience in a variety of scientific areas.

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    1. Dee Dee McAllisterYouth Programs DirectorETHOS Innovation Center
    2. Gary McAllisterRetired Program Design CoordinatorETHOS Innovation Center

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    Three Mirrors Project

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    A mirror doesn't just reflect the image of the person looking into it. It also reflects the hard work of the person who helped to make it. At the Center for Homeless in South Bend and the Three Mirrors Project, guests are gaining the skills not only to create these unique works of art, but also learning how to help break the cycle of homelessness.

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    1. Phil NewboldChair, Board of DirectorsCenter for the Homeless

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    Bridge Academy

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    Bridge Academy is an alternative school for high school students and offers an alternative for students who may not have thrived in a more tradition school setting.The Bridge Academy is powered by Kinexus and offers both academic and vocational training for individuals 16 and older.Individuals can earn their GED or high school diploma, and have the opportunity to learn more about a specific career path or industry that interests them. Participants will work closely with a Kinexus specialist who will support them throughout the training process, and help the participant learn more about potential employment options in the community. Participants will also have the opportunity to apply their mastery of academic and vocational training through working with employers in the community.

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    1. Justyce BradshawStudentBridge Academy
    2. Donovan HenesleeStudentBridge Academy
    3. Allie KnappDirectorBridge Academy
    4. Precious RayfordStudentBridge Academy

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    Kayla & Kyle: The Walking Dictionaires

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    Nicholas Buamah has always had a remarkable vocabulary. So naturally, when he attended school he impressed all of his teachers. He wanted to find a way to help other kids his age understand some of the words he was using. So Nicholas and his mother came up with the idea to write a book and since then Nicholas's book Kayla & Kyle: The Walking Dictionaries has become one of Amazon's best sellers.

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    1. Nicholas BuamahAuthorKayla & Kyle: The Walking Dictionaries
    2. Danielle HubbardNicholas` MotherKayla & Kyle: The Walking Dictionaries

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