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Character and literacy program for older foster care teens


Older teens currently under foster care in Summit County will be taking part in a character and literacy building program created by local author and former sports writer David Lee Morgan Jr. “MVP, Most Valuable Person Youth Character and Literacy” program will be used as part of Summit County’s Connecting the Dots program.

The program targets high school juniors through seniors.

Morgan, inspired by his friend and mentor Jim Tressel, engages participants in discussions and creative writing on a plethora of topics including work ethics, responsibility, attitude, gratitude, toughness and persistence.

“Adding the MVP component to the Connecting the Dots program will give participants another set of tools and perspectives as they transition from foster care to adulthood,” said Summit County Executive Russ Pry. “The topics covered in the MVP program are critical to helping these young adults become productive participants in our community.”

Connecting the Dots is a pilot program taking place in Summit and seven other counties across Ohio. It is a collaborative effort involving Executive Russ Pry’s Department of Job and Family Services, Children Services, and other agencies helping those who have “aged out” of the foster care system. 64 people are currently enrolled in the Connecting the Dots Program offered at the Job Center on Tallmadge Avenue.

Using Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds, the state has committed about $6,000,000 to the three year Connecting the Dots program in five pilot areas. Summit County’s share is about $537,000. The MVP program will run through June 30, 2015 and cost $64,500.

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