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GR program prepares young people for workforce

12 days ago   |   By Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A Grand Rapids employment academy is hoping to prepare and place young people in the workplace long term.
A program called GRow1000 started back in 2020 with the hopes of employing 1,000 young people during the summer. A spinoff of that, GRow1000 Academy, focuses on long-term employment.
"It's so important for them to learn how to build upon their social capital," said Shannon Harris, the executive director of Our Community's Children who helped curate the effort.
She said the academy focuses on 18- to 24-year-olds who will go through about 40 hours of preemployment...
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