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New Initiative Helps Peoria High School Graduates

The Pathways to Prosperity Initiative was launched to help Peoria's youth.
PEORIA – The Peoria Mayor and many local leaders teamed up to get more of the city’s youth ready for post-high school life.
The signed off on a new resolution called the Peoria Pathways to Prosperity Initiative.
It focuses on teenagers in grades 9-14.

The group signed a resolution on Monday. The plan explores new ways of raising high school completion rates. It also guides students towards college and employment opportunities.

The local initiative works with Jobs for the Future and The Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Sam Nelson is the Director of Outreach for Illinois Student Assistance Commission. He says the initiative focuses on the District 150 school district.

“That's not to say that what we learn in District 150 we can't share and grow through the entire Peoria region,” adds Nelson.

Illinois Central College, Peoria Chamber of Commerce and many other local businesses and organization also jumped on board for this plan.

They’ll help will steering participants towards internships and other resume-building experience.
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