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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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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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Lift as You Climb

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Kali Jackson

Whenever we get to the next stage in our personal or professional journeys, it is important to recognize those who helped us succeed and remember to uplift others. Having benefited from The Kalamazoo...

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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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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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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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DAD Series: A Father's Journey

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Rev. Brooks and Family

In the latest installment of our Dad Series, Reverend Morris “Mo” Brooks shares how he uses his own life experiences to guide and support his daughter and the youth in the community. A Promise...

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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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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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Career Confidence Post-Promise

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KPS Graduates

It’s graduation season and that means another group of Promise Scholars will join the job force. In this week’s blog post, we caught up with three college graduates and asked them about their...

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Manufacturing a Better Tomorrow

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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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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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From the Desk of Bob and Von

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After four years of promoting the people, places, and opportunities that make Kalamazoo a great place to live, work, and play through the KzooConnect blog, Welsh & Associates has gifted the blog and...

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Building a Dream with a Promise

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Lisa Palanca

After ten years of the Kalamazoo Promise, I got to see firsthand, what a beautiful gift it is. I ran into my former neighbors last night. They had their 18-year-old son with them. Their daughters are...

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Keepers of the Promise

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Promise Net

Looking back on the first ten years of The Kalamazoo Promise a unique and privately-funded scholarship program, the only things more impressive than the numbers are the people behind it. At a recent...

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From Transplant to Legacy

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Janice Brown

Interesting career paths are rarely predictable, just ask Janice Brown, Executive Director Emeritus for The Kalamazoo Promise, a universal scholarship program for Kalamazoo Public School graduates. A...

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