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Catalyst Radio: Youth Force GR making a difference, providing employment opportunities

Diamonique Kirkland says her experience with GRCF’s employment program Youth Force GR is helping lead to a better future.

About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

Youth Force GR participant Diamonique Kirkland, with Chelsie Wyse of Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Youth Force GR participant Diamonique Kirkland, with Chelsie Wyse of Grand Rapids Community Foundation /GRCF

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In this edition of Catalyst Radio, we feature the youth employment program of Grand Rapids Community Foundation Youth Force GR.

We spend the show with Diamonique Kirkland, one of the Youth Force GR participants to find out what she is learning from the employment experience after her recent high school graduation. Also joining us in studio is Chelsie Wyse, PR and Marketing inter with Grand Rapids Community Foundation, to  tell how the program works in providing  youth with work place skills and experience.


Music featured in this episode of Catalyst Radio is from local Band Afro Zuma, sampling from the new release the song “Church.”

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