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Inspiring Futures: Benton Harbor

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We have a big idea that channeling the right support, with the right partners, at the right times will lead to long-term career success for Benton Harbor-area youth.


With the best and brightest regional and national experts, we’re testing this idea through a 12-15 month feasibility study that will be the foundation of a plan that delivers on this big idea.


We’re piloting this plan in our headquarter community with an eye towards Inspiring Futures across the state, one young life at a time. 

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Join us to learn about our Asset Map Findings!

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The Inspiring Futures: Benton Harbor team, working in collaboration with Jobs for the Future (JFF) and local leaders, are completing over 80 community interviews to create a completed asset map of Benton Harbor. Join co-moderators Kristin Harrington, Executive Director of Youth Solutions, and Zach Vaughn, Project Manager at Cornerstone Alliance, for an engaging discussion of the Asset Map Findings, Building on the Best! The session will feature JFF and Inspiring Futures' experts who will share their findings, insights and updates on the regional labor market and available college/career pathways in a post-COVID world. 

For your convenience, there are two opportunities to join the discussion.
Please note, both sessions are the same content.

June 29, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT via Zoom - Register here 
and again at 
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT via Zoom - Register here

Leaders & Experts

Meet the local leaders and subject matter experts from education, community-based organizations, employers, training providers, and community residents lending their voice and expertise to the work. 

Inspiring Futures - Benton Harbor Leaders
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Our Pillars of Work

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Continuum of Services

A community that provides a self-sustaining continuum of services that empower youth to realize their potential, pursue successful career pathways, and achieve professional goals.

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Engaging Employers

A network of employers delivering a consistent and equitable framework that engages, develops and mentors local youth with the necessary skills for life-sustaining career success.

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Breaking Down Barriers

A path for every student to connect with opportunities, overcome barriers, and engage with local mentors to reach their potential.

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This effort is the first one that I have seen in 25 years which brings the best and smartest people in the community together to deliver the right accessible support, at the right time for the long-term success of our young people. This is something that I firmly believe in and believe will have a strong impact on our community.”

- Michael Todman, former Vice Chairman of Whirlpool Corporation & President of the Whirlpool Foundation

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“Feasibility Study” Overview

(January 2021 - March 2022)

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