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Educated and Debt-Free

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Tevin Monroe

When The Kalamazoo Promise (The Promise) was established in 2005, 11-year-old Tevin Monroe’s family was considering moving away from Kalamazoo. Ultimately, his parents decided to stay to allow Tevin...

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Behind the Humble Hero

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Phillip Blanks

On the morning of July 3, Promise Scholar and Kalamazoo Central High School alumnus Phillip Blanks caught a three-year-old boy who was thrown from the balcony of a burning apartment in Phoenix,...

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Safety Meets Education

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Smart and Safe

School will look different at Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) this fall as the district starts the 2020-21 school year next week. We thought it would be helpful to walk through the district’s back-to...

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A New Era of IT Professionals

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This week, we wanted to highlight a new program that provides foundational career skills in Informational Technology. Last month, a group of seven individuals took a big step in their careers by...

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Shaping the Future of Flight

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WMU College of Aviation

Backed by 80 years of experience, Western Michigan University’s (WMU) College of Aviation has built a reputation as one of the top programs in its field. Thanks to recent partnerships with top...

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Building Confident 'SOLES'

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Confident S.O.L.E.

Due to the pressures of growing up, self-confidence can be a trait that is hard to come by for teenagers. That is why one partner of The Kalamazoo Promise has created a support system meant to...

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A Piano's Purpose

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A Piano's Purpose

A world without music would be duller than a film about paint drying, which is actually a real thing. Although students are currently learning from home, we wanted to recognize a local program that...

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Literacy Through Learning

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Kalamazoo Literacy Council Teach In

In today’s world, the ability to read is a necessary part of our day-to-day routines. This week, we will learn more about a Promise Partner whose goal has been to improve literacy within our...

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DAD Series - Equity Meets Action

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Jacob Pinney-Johnson

The latest edition of our DAD Series features Jacob Pinney-Johnson, a proud father to a seven-year-old daughter and two-year-old son and a member of The Kalamazoo Promise’s inaugural class of...

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Matching Community Needs

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El Concilio

The value of a dedicated support system can never be underestimated. This week, we learn how one Promise Partner has served as an advocate for generations of Kalamazoo citizens. Established in 1981,...

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Fathering a Brighter Future

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Fatherhood Network Dad Cafe

There’s a lot that can be said for the effectiveness of support systems. They can give us the courage to take risks, the reassurance to trust our instincts, and the emotional availability to...

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Capitalizing on The Gift

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Jared Coleman

This past Monday, Kalamazoo Public Schools students returned from their winter break and set out on the second half of the school year. To commemorate this occasion, we wanted to add another chapter...

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MOM Series: Shared Experiences

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Meghan Behymer

Think back to some of the fondest moments you shared with your parents. Maybe it involved them teaching you a new recipe or perhaps showing you a favorite film from their youth. Whether it’s a...

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Nonlinear Plans

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Hannah Reinhold

College isn’t just about learning new career skills; it’s also where one discovers who they are and what they value. In this week’s post, Kalamazoo Public Schools alumna Hannah Reinhold shares...

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Paying It Forward Across the Globe

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Inner City Youth For Change

In order to learn and grow, sometimes we must step outside of our usual comfort zones. Thanks to Inner City Youth for Change (IC Youth for Change), several students from Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS)...

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Celebrating the Journey

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Former Promise Scholar Erin Keller

As August comes to a close, many of 2019’s high school graduates are embarking on the next leg of their educational journey. To commemorate this occasion, this week’s blog features a Promise...

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Making a Difference as a Whole

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You-Make-A-Difference-2019

The old saying goes that a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and the work that the Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) accomplish each year is living proof of this adage. By aiding Kalamazoo’s...

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Manufacturing a Better Tomorrow

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Manufacturing-Pipeline-Program

As the school year comes to a close, many students are beginning to set their sights on getting a summer job. Whether it is painting houses or busing tables, these summer jobs often cultivate life...

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Emboldening the Next Generation

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High School Catalyst

One of the most important things that can be done for a child is investing in their future. Helping the next generation hone skills and develop professional interests improves society. Locally,...

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Promoting Media Literacy

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Public Media Network

We live in a time where media is constantly at our fingertips. Regardless of our age or background, media has become an indelible aspect of our everyday lives, which is why it is important that we are...

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Art for All Ages

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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Youth and Family Program

Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” As we get older, it can become difficult to harness the same creative energy that we...

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Keeping the Promise

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All-Three-Seniors

A promise is like a security blanket. It provides a sense of assurance for the future and serves as a constant that can be looked forward to. For many Kalamazoo Public School (KPS) students, The...

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