Barry County is the first community in Michigan to create a universal, automatic, county-wide CSA program.
Kickstart to Career began opening accounts in January 2016, and will continue each year thereafter for all Barry County kindergarteners, totaling about 700 students per year.
The Barry Community Foundation’s KickStart to Career Program was designed to assist with post-secondary education expenses whether a student chooses to go on to a certification program, trade school or four year college. KickStart to Career will increase academic aspirations of Barry County’s children by making post-secondary education a reality from the first day of school.
On September 12, 2016 BCF will be launching a campaign, on Classy.org to raise KickStart funds, in partnership with the 1:1 Fund. The 1:1 Fund is a National funding agent supporting Children’s Savings Accounts.
Funds raised during this campaign can be designated to fund a specific school or school districts’ KickStart Fund. During the upcoming 1:1 match period each donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500. There is also the option to fund the Richard and Merilyn Foster Memorial KickStart Match Fund, assisting all Barry County students.
The Barry Community Foundation launched the KickStart to Career Program in 2016, in partnership with Hastings City Bank, and all of the Barry County school districts including private schools. The initial endowment, which opens each account with $50, was established through a donation by the Douglas A. & Margaret E. DeCamp Foundation.
The question we should be posing to our children is not “What do you want to be when you grow up?” but rather “What problem do you want to solve?”
Join us in solving the problem of an overwhelming increase in post-secondary education costs by supporting this program and donating today.