Episode #521 - February 17th, 2021
Education Counts looks for quality education and programs that impact our community. This week find out how a bilingual preschool at Jefferson Elementary in Plymouth is preparing students for kindergarten. See how Jobs for Michigan's Graduates is arming students with skills for education, the workplace and life. Learn how 50/50 Mentoring at the Benton Harbor Readiness Center trains high school students for work and volunteerism while mentoring elementary students. Discover how the 21st Century Scholar Success Initiative will lead more students to college.
Original Airdate: February 17, 2021

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    21st Century Scholar Success Initiative

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    21st Century Scholars helps students not only get to college, but graduate and move in to the job market. Thanks to a grant from the Lilly Endowment, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County is working to make sure more area students are able to take part. The aim is to not only invest in the future of students, but also the future of local communities.

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    1. Susan Elrod, Ph.D.ChancellorIU South Bend
    2. Rose MeissnerPresidentCommunity Foundation of St. Joseph County

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    Jobs for Michigan Graduates

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    Jobs for Michigan's Graduates works to provide students with the tools they need to not only succeed in education, but succeed in life. We take a look at how some of those who have taken part in the program have been able to use what they learned to work through even uncertain times.

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    Guests:

    1. Danny JenningsJMG SpecialistBenton Harbor High School
    2. Tekeidra MastersYouth Solutions InternJMG Alumnus
    3. Nolan HensonYouth Solutions InternJMG Alumnus

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    Benton Harbor Readiness Center 50/50 Mentoring Program

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    The Benton Harbor Readiness Center provides a safe after school environment for kids to get help with homework and provides teens with valuable work experience, through their 50/50 Mentoring Program. They believe that it’s vital to the community, to provide both children and teens with stimulating and productive after school activities.

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    Guests:

    1. Martha ThienemanAssociate Executive Director
    2. Teara RichardsonTeacher's Aid
    3. Miles Taylor50/50 MentorBenton Harbor Readiness Center
    4. Rodney Driver Jr.MenteeBenton Harbor Readiness Center

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    Bilingual Preschool

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    City: Plymouth, IN
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    Parents and children who aren’t fluent in English can have a hard time navigating the English language, culture and school expectations. That’s where Plymouth school, Jefferson Elementary, steps in. They want to aid these families by providing bilingual preschool, which not only benefits the students, but helps their parents as well.

    Guests:

    1. Angie MillsPrincipalJefferson Elementary School
    2. Carolina SanchezENL Preschool TeacherJefferson Elementary School
    3. Yaritza PenaSpeech Language Pathologist AssistantJefferson Elementary
    4. Breanda RiosBilingual Preschool AssistantJefferson Elementary School

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