The national spotlight has again been cast on the city of Kalamazoo, as the Kalamazoo Promise was the subject of a feature story in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine.
The story, written by Ted Fishman, focuses on both the history of the program and the effect its had on local children and their families. The online story also includes an interactive photo gallery, complete with profile shots of local Kalamazoo students with short quotes on what they want to be when they grow up.
Fishman isn’t the first reporter from a national news outlet that has covered the Promise. Various newspapers and TV news stations have covered the Promise, and the program has even been the subject of a book, The Power of a Promise, written by Michelle Miller-Adams with the Upjohn Institute.
The Kalamazoo Promise is program that provides full-ride college scholarships to all graduates of the Kalamazoo Public School system. Started back in 2005 by a group of anonymous donors, the Promise has paid over $30 million to nearly 2,700 students, and has contributed to increased enrollment at WMU.
Today at noon, the Kalamazoo Gazette will conduct a live chat with Janice Brown, the executive director of the Kalamazoo Promise, on MLive.com.