We envision an anti-racist community where all youth thrive.
Using data-driven models, we partner with the out-of-school time sector to create a thriving community for youth in Southwest Michigan.
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Our mission is to ensure that all youth have agency within a well-coordinated system that supports anti-racist, high-quality, and youth-driven out-of-school time programs.
What Matters Most
We are part of the David Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality’s network of communities that are implementing the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI).
Inclusion and equity serve as the foundation of our work. Our out-of-school time sector works to have a common understanding and application of these concepts.
During the out-of-school time hours, our cohort strive to create physically and psychologically safe environments where ALL youth can develop their social-emotional skills.
The Kalamazoo County Youth Cabinet provides youth, ages 14 to 20, with an opportunity to shape their community by identifying important issues and developing solutions.
Our cohort authentically engages with parents and caregivers to develop their leadership skills to support their child’s social emotional development and school success.
KYD Network seeks to advocate for policies and sustainable funding streams that enhance and support high quality out-of-school time programming.
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