Manpower has committed $200,000 over four years to assist City Year MKE in its work in MPS.
Manpower has committed $200,000 over four years to assist City Year MKE in its work in MPS.

Manpower donates $200k toward City Year's work in MPS

Just days after Meralis Hood took over as executive director, at City Year Milwaukee, the AmeriCorps group of young people that works to help kids in Milwaukee Public Schools succeed, ManpowerGroup has announced it is giving the group $200,000 over the next four years.

The contribution will help fuel City Year’s Whole School, Whole Child (WSWC), which aims to boost the number of students who stay in school and graduate from MPS. Currently, 100 City Year/AmeriCorps members work in 11 MPS schools. The goal is to reach students in 38 schools.

"We are pleased to support City Year Milwaukee to give young people a strong start for sustainable careers," said Jonas Prising, chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup, which has had a partnership with City Year nationally for even years.

"Upskilling young people and getting them work-ready requires deep partnerships between educators and employers. Half of the people we place around the world are Millennials, so we know exactly how to nurture young people’s learnability so they have the desire and ability to keep learning new skills that help them stay employable throughout their careers. ManpowerGroup people are glad to bring their expertise to City Year and we’re all proud of the commitment and positive impact on youth here in our Milwaukee community."

Hood hopes ManpowerGroup’s commitment will spur others to follow the lead and support the organzation’s important work among Milwaukee children.

"This year, City Year Milwaukee celebrates our seventh year working with local students, schools and communities. We know students are making significant gains in academics, behavior and attendance." said Hood. "And that is why this commitment is so important. We hope others will feel compelled to contribute as well."

The grant was announced this morning at City Year Milwaukee’s 18-Minute Networking Event, which brings together 100 AmeriCorps volunteers with Milwaukee-area professionals, held at ManpowerGroup global headquarters in Downtown Milwaukee.

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