Youngstown Metropolis Colleges awarded grant to draw, retain individuals of colour to educating

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The Ohio’s two-year Educational Diversification Diversity Scholarship will encourage students at Youngstown City School to pursue careers in education and return to teaching in the district.

YOUNGSTOWN – A $ 70,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education will help Youngstown City School District attract black people to its teachers.

The Ohio’s two-year Educational Diversification Diversity Scholarship will encourage students at Youngstown City School to pursue careers in education and return to teaching in the district.

The grant will also be used to promote the recruitment of minority teachers by the district through official participation in job fairs at historically black colleges and universities. Those hired will receive ongoing care and support when they move to Northeast Ohio.

The program is called Y-Teach. The district is also expanding its Education Rising project, which offers basic education courses to stimulate student interest in the profession.

“We have excellent educators at YCSD,” said CEO Justin Jennings. “We just want to add color educators to our district family. I think our scholars would benefit from seeing more role models in our schools who look like them. “

About 14 percent of the teaching and administrative staff at Youngstown City School are colored, compared to about 87 percent of the students.

A 2017 study by the Center for American Progress found that a diverse workforce offers more culturally relevant classes and better understands the situation of minority students.

The study also found that minority teachers can act as cultural ambassadors, making students feel more welcome in school and serving as role models for color students. It has also been found that minority teachers are more positive about minority students, both academically and behaviorally.

Youngstown City Schools chief of staff, Jeremy Batchelor, noted that the district’s grant and goals for its implementation are in line with Jennings’ YOUPrint 2030 Strategic Plan.

Goal 2 of the plan is to create a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and excellence. Last fall, Jennings formed the District Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee to develop a plan to achieve this goal.

“It all fits together and aims at the same goal,” said Batchelor. “We are working to diversify our educational staff in order to develop, motivate and inspire our scientists to improve academically. It’s about improving outcomes for our scientists so that they can thrive not just in school, but college, careers, and life as well. That’s why we all do what we do. “

Both Batchelor and Jennings credit Ava Yeager, the district’s school improvement director, for their work in writing the scholarship.

Yeager hopes the scholarship will encourage more YCSD color students to pursue careers in the district’s education.

“The Educators Rising program fosters the love of teaching in the next generation,” said Yeager. “As a lifelong educator, it is gratifying to see that spark when a young person is inspired by a teacher and decides to pursue a career in education.”