January 10th, 2010

PRESS RELEASE: Listen Up! Awarded $400,000 Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Listen Up! Youth Media Network Receives $400,000 Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Listen Up! Youth Media NetworkListen Up! has received a grant of $400,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, MI to continue its Verified Resume project. The funds will be used to assist community-based and other organizations certify the career skills of young adults. The purpose is to help young adults, especially those who are disadvantaged, obtain and succeed at jobs. The mechanism is a Verified Resume. The ultimate goal of the project is to create a valid and reliable alternative to the traditional high school diploma that young adults can use when looking for jobs.

The Verified Resume process:

  • Imparts skills and behaviors youngsters need for success in college and work such as responsibility, working in teams, listening and communicating.
  • Provides a document for young people to use. Like a letter of recommendation, the VR is a valuable asset for those who don’t have someone to vouch for them.
  • Establishes feedback from work to youth development organizations by connecting youth programs to immediate work supervisors who directly observe the youngsters on the job. Unlike a traditional diploma, a Verified Resume is a living document that changes to reflect a youth’s work experience.

The project’s goal is to engage up to eight organizations in each of five communities in the process and ultimately issue Verified Resumes to nearly 900 young adults over the course of 12 months. Dr. Arnold Packer, the distinguished economist, is directing the field work for Listen Up!

About Listen Up!
Listen Up! is a youth media network that connects young video producers and their allies to resources, support, and projects in order to develop the field and achieve an authentic youth voice in the mass media. Listen Up! is a project of Learning Matters, Inc., a Peabody Award-winning production company. For over 15 years Learning Matters has been producing outstanding reporting about American education.

About W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States , Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa. For further information, visit the Foundation’s website at www.wkkf.org.

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