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February 4, 2014-Bemidji, MN- The Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) awarded an $18,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area (BGCBA) for its Career Launch program, which is designed to help teens gain job readiness skills, prepare for college, and explore careers.

The Career Launch program was established in 2007. Through this program, teens will participate in activities such as preparing for the ACT/SAT, completing college applications, applying for scholarships, writing a résumé, and connecting with local professionals in order to help prepare them for life after high school.

“Partnering with Northwest Minnesota Foundation through the Community Connections Grant will give the Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area the support needed to expand academic opportunities to not only our teenage club members, but to teens at Voyageurs Expeditionary School and teens in the Department of Corrections Juvenile Justice System through newly developed partnerships,” said Andrea Ohnstad, executive director of the BGCBA.

Career readiness is important throughout our 12-county region and a priority with NMF, according to Nate Dorr, NMF program officer – grants. “Today’s youth need to understand the variety of pathways to a successful career,” Dorr said. “By funding the Career Launch program, we hope that more youth will take control of their future beyond high school.”

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation is a public, charitable foundation serving 12 counties of Northwest Minnesota by investing resources, facilitating collaboration and promoting philanthropy.


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