Inspiring Futures: Benton Harbor
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.
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.
Our Pillars of Work
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.
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.
Breaking Down Barriers
A path for every student to connect with opportunities, overcome barriers, and engage with local mentors to reach their potential.
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
“Feasibility Study” Overview
(January 2021 - March 2022)