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New “Kalamazoo Youth Mobility Fund” partnership will create free public transit for Kalamazoo Public School high schoolers beginning with the 2019/2020 school year
With the financial support of the Foundation for Excellence’s new “Youth Mobility Fund,” The City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Public Schools, Metro and Kalamazoo Public Libraries are partnering in order to remove one of the top challenges to youth development in Kalamazoo: transportation. The Youth Mobility Fun vision is simple: beginning with distribution of school IDs for the 2019/2020 school year, any KPS high schooler with a valid school ID can board a Metro bus anywhere in the system, tap the ID on the farebox, and ride for free an unlimited number of times.
The initiative is envisioned as removing a main barrier to educational, employment, social and cultural opportunities for youth. Cards will also continue to be useful as library cards per the existing partnership with Kalamazoo Public Libraries. This will also leverage countless youth development initiatives in the city and supercharge educational opportunity generally. Over time, the program will seek to expand to be as comprehensive of youth and young people in the city as available resources allow.
More information will be coming soon! For more information on this project, please call (269) 337-8233.
In the News
MLive Article "Unlimited free bus fares offered to Kalamazoo high school students" January 24, 2019 https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2019/01/unlimited-free-bus-fares-offered-to-kalamazoo-high-school-students.html
WKZO "Free Bus Passes for Kalamazoo High Schoolers" January 25, 2019 https://wkzo.com/news/articles/2019/jan/25/free-bus-passes-for-kalamazoo-high-schoolers/
WKZO "Free Pass To Kalamazoo Metro Area for Teens" March 18, 2019 https://wkzo.com/news/articles/2019/mar/18/free-pass-to-kalamazoo-metro-area-for-teens/
WKZO City Commissioners Approve Free Bus Passes for Kalamazoo Students" March 19, 2019 https://wkzo.com/news/articles/2019/mar/19/city-commissioners-approve-free-bus-passes-for-kalamazoo-students/
WWMT "City Leaders Launch Youth Mobility Fund" May 17, 2019 https://wwmt.com/news/local/city-leaders-launch-youth-mobility-fund
Knight Life "Foundation for Excellence Partnership Grants KPS High School Free Transportation" https://knightlifenews.com/2019/06/14/foundation-for-excellence-partnership-grants-kps-high-school-free-transportation/?fbclid=IwAR0d-M3ZRHnTBGlnDmTFsrCG2oZUO5szn5yBrIgwd6nK65fvOQgmkTn_yqw
Partners in the Youth Mobility Fund
Foundation for Excellence https://www.kalamazoocity.org/ffe
City of Kalamazoo https://www.kalamazoocity.org/
Kalamazoo Public Schools https://www.kalamazoopublicschools.com/Home.aspx
Kalamazoo Public Library https://new.kpl.gov/
KRESA YOU My City https://mycityyou.org/
KYD Network https://kydnet.org/