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Vision:
All Kalamazoo County youth are ready for career, college, and life by 21.
Mission:
Ensure that all Kalamazoo County youth have access to high quality out-of-school time (OST) programs that are well coordinated and use resources efficiently.
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Community Post: 13 Children’s Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others - #MondayMotivation 13 Children’s books that encourage kindness toward others. #KydNetwork
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Upcoming Events

Mar
2
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6:00 pm Mental Health in a Cultural Context
Mental Health in a Cultural Context
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
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Mar
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10:00 am Social Emotional Learning Affini... @ Greater Kalamazoo United Way
Social Emotional Learning Affini... @ Greater Kalamazoo United Way
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar @ Miller
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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11:00 am Advocacy Affinity Group @ Greater Kalamazoo United Way
Advocacy Affinity Group @ Greater Kalamazoo United Way
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8:00 am Walk to End Homelessness @ Growlers Stadium
Walk to End Homelessness @ Growlers Stadium
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7:00 pm Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Treyvo... @ Chenery Auditorium
Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Treyvo... @ Chenery Auditorium
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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Focus Areas -

Quality

Quality matters in the out-of-school time and we know how to build a quality OST organization and program. KYD Network is part of the David Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality’s network of communities that are implementing the Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI).



Social Emotional Learning

Youth, parents, out-of-school time professionals, and educators across the country acknowledge that youth are missing a critical piece of their “education.” We know that in addition to reading and writing, we need to teach resilience and responsibility, respect, and sound decision making.

DARS Survey


Parent Engagement

The out-of-school time (OST) sector will authentically engage with parents and caregivers to develop their leadership skills to support their child’s social emotional development and school success.
 
 
 


Advocacy

KYD Network seeks to advocate for policies and sustainable funding streams that enhance and support high quality OST programming.
 
 
 


Youth Leadership

In 2015, the Kalamazoo County Youth Cabinet was created by KYD Network and other local non-profits to provide youth, ages 14 to 20, with an opportunity to shape their community. The Cabinet is, “Building the community WE want, making the changes WE need” by identifying issues of importance to youth and developing solutions to address these challenges.
Register for the Webinar: Increasing Youth Voice and Leadership