KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Youth Network is hosting a celebration this week in honor of the Community Learning Hubs.

The community is invited to celebrate the learning hubs and the volunteers that made them happen from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, at Mayor’s Riverfront Park, 251 Mills St. in Kalamazoo.

The learning hubs served hundreds of K-12 students who attended Kalamazoo Public Schools virtually due to the pandemic. The hubs provided healthy food, enrichment and educational support from trained youth development advocates, according to a press release from Kalamazoo Youth Network.

Youth from the hubs will enjoy a DJ, yard games, a bounce house and snacks, the release said.

The learning hubs were held at the following organizations spread throughout the community: Prevention Works, New Genesis Inc., Urban Zone, YMCA, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Trenches Community Church, Centerpoint Church, Christ Temple Church, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo, Douglas Community Association, El Concilio and the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Also Monday, the Kalamazoo Youth Network announced a $20,000 grant from America’s Promise Alliance for work exploring race, identity and belonging in the workplace, according to a press release from the Alliance.

The local organization was one of six national community organizations chosen to host Virtual Action Roundtable conversations with employers and young workers.

“Based on the roundtable conversations and ongoing collaboration, employers and young people will co-design meaningful strategies to improve belonging and inclusion in the workplace for employees of color,” the release said.

The Kalamazoo group was the only organization awarded the grant in Michigan. Other awardees are located in Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

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