MCOP receives $150,000 from Google

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The Monroe County Opportunity Program was one of two organizations in Michigan to receive a grant from Google.

MCOP and the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology each received $150,000 for workforce development programs.

“(These organizations) will use funds to educate at-risk youth and adults and provide technology programs to diversify the talent pool,” a press release read.

MCOP will use the money to support programs that provide life skills to young people at risk. Young people participate in emergency food distribution, mentor young children and cultivate community gardens.

The grant from the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology will help its adult vocational training program.

“Google is proud to support the efforts of these institutions to provide technology-focused education to young people and adults in Michigan,” said Winton Steward, Chief of Government Affairs and Public Policy – Great Lakes States. “Google has had a presence in Michigan for more than 16 years, and we look forward to continuing our local partnerships to create greater impact within the state.”

The MCOP began in 1965, with the aim of reducing the effects of poverty, strengthening communities and mobilizing resources. It provides services to low-income individuals and families. MCOP is involved in housing development, workforce strategies and community initiatives that aim to eradicate poverty. MCOP receives funding from federal, state, and local agencies and private funds.

Workforce development programs begin by hiring at-risk youth over the summer and teaching them life skills.

“Time to help at-risk youth succeed in 21st-century is now, not tomorrow,” said Stephanie Kasprzak, Executive Director of MCOP. “The Google grant will help us fuel programs that employ at-risk youth to help distribute emergency food, mentoring young children (at Tot Lots and summer camps) and cultivating community gardens. Young people will serve their communities while learning life skills that will serve them now and in the future. »

For more information on MCOP, visit https://www.monroecountyop.org/.

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