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The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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    Arts

    Gospel jamathon brings together artists from across genres

    July 21, 2014, 2:22 p.m., Posted by ylatimore

    Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Live Musician Jamathon. A live jamathon at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Macon next week will bring together musical artists of all types to share their talents and network. Many of our talented musicians around town made their start playing...

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    Apprenticeships - updated for the era of entrepreneurship and high tech

    July 21, 2014, 2 p.m., Posted by Shaila Ittycheria and Kane Sarhan

    Enstitute, a nationally recognized apprenticeship program for 21st century careers, recently announced its expansion to Miami with the support of Knight Foundation. Below, Enstitute co-founders Shaila Ittycheria and Kane Sarhan write about the program.

    When you hear the word “apprentice,” what do you think?

    You might flash back to the 1700s, imagining a young Ben Franklin working on a printing press or maybe recall something more recent such as Donald Trump saying “You’re fired” on television every week. Or maybe you think of Germany, where over 500,000 students complete apprenticeships every year across hundreds of industries. Most likely, you think of the 27,000 apprentice programs for trade jobs—carpenters, electricians and woodworkers—in the United States.  No matter what you think of, there is one thing to know: They work. On average, they have an 80 percent completion rate and a 70 percent hire rate (they actually lead to jobs). We don’t offer enough apprenticeships in the United States.  Enstitute, which operates in four cities, is aiming to change that, and Miami is our newest hub.

    Enstitute is a new look at an old model. We have brought apprenticeships to the 21st century and innovation economy. We place 18- to 24-year-olds in full-time, paid apprenticeships under founders and executives at high-growth startups and social enterprises and innovative corporations in digital media and technology sectors. For our apprentices, we offer real-world experience and mentorship. For employers, we are a pipeline to undiscovered local talent and a platform to recruit and bring talent from around the nation to Miami.

     

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    Grace Minnesota invites you to dance in the streets of Minneapolis to celebrate marriage equality

    July 21, 2014, 1:34 p.m., Posted by sschouweiler

    St. Paul City-Artist-In-Residence Marcus Young and the artists of the Grace Minnesota have been encouraging folks to cut loose and dance in the streets since 2008. This year, on Aug. 1 in Minneapolis’ Peavey Plaza, they’ll do so to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Minnesota’s legalization of same-sex marriage. The...

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