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MY TURN helps more than 500 young people prepare for academic and professional success in 2017

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

2017 Impact Report highlights program’s key accomplishments in New Hampshire and Massachusetts Manchester, NH – Of the more than 500 young people who completed a program through MY TURN in 2017, 86 percent of them were employed upon exiting one of the small nonprofit organization’s skills development programs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The benchmark is a key success metric in MY TURN’s 2017 which was released in January 2018. “The impact we make on the communities we serve is encouraging, especially in spite of the barriers to success that many MY TURN participants face,” said Allison Joseph, executive director of MY TURN. “Our staff work tremendously hard to meet the needs of our participants and to inspire them to be their best selves.” Twelve percent of MY TURN’s participants are homeless, 46 percent have an identified disability, while 70 percent are unemployed and 84 percent live in poverty. MY TURN’s mission is to help underserved youth develop goals, skills, and confidence needed to transition successfully into post-secondary education or training and the world of work. MY TURN operates robust academic and employment training programs for young people aged 14 to 24 in high schools and communities across New Hampshire and North Central Massachusetts. Headquartered in Manchester, NH MY TURN programs are customized by each community or school need, and focus heavily on workforce needs. MY TURN current programs are in place at Manchester High School Central in Manchester, NH, Nashua’s North and South High Schools, Franklin High School, Hitchiner Manufacturing in Milford, NH, Fitchburg, MA, New Hampshire’s Lake Region, Rochester, NH, Manchester Community College, the Nashua Boys and Girls Club, and its Nashua-based manufacturing program, which was awarded a 2017 Stay Work Play Rising Stars Award for best leadership development program. “MY TURN has a long history of working with educational institutions, community agencies, employers and families to provide education, work-based learning opportunities and jobs to youth,” Joseph said. “Since our launch in 1984, MY TURN has helped more than 22,000 youth overcome obstacles to further their education and obtain career-ladder jobs.” In 2017, students at MY TURN completed 7,000 internship hours and acquired 135 skills credentials. Funded by federal workforce grants and private donations, MY TURN also provided $92,958 in tuition to students, $88,888 in wages to staff and student-workers, and $34,860 to help participants with basic needs, such as housing and transportation, in 2017. Across MY TURN’s 10 programs in 32 cities staffed by 21 employees, 93 percent of 2017 participants showed an increase in reading and math scores, and 90 percent graduated from high school on time. For those in the employment plus programs, 75 percent of participants earned a credential beyond their diploma, and earned $7,500 in additional wages within six months of exiting a MY TURN program. To be a part of the important work MY TURN is doing to empower youth and strengthen the economy, visit my-turn.org to sign up and donate money, your time, or new or gently used clothing, non-perishable food items or other items. to the MY TURN Bright Futures Event are now available! Join MY TURN from 5:30 to 9 pm on Thursday, April 26 at the Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road, Manchester. The fourth annual Bright Futures event includes networking opportunities with professionals and advocates advancing the MY TURN mission who may introduce you to your next intern or new hire, an auction with great items, and tasty appetizers. Tickets are $30 each.

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