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Grants Fund Innovative Programs for Youths

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Ron Biendseil, 242-6422

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/29/2001

Issued By: County Executive
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Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and the Dane County Youth Commission today announced 12 grants totaling $23,500 to groups with programs designed to keep kids from getting into trouble. (A list of funded requests is attached).

"These organizations have a variety of innovative programs and approaches to involving youth in positive activities that keep them out of trouble," said Falk. One of the grants will provide $3,000 to the YMCA of Dane County's Moon Pie Café program which will develop monthly entertainment and recreation programs for more than 100 high school youth in Sun Prairie.

The Madison Girl Neighborhood Power program will also receive $3,000 to develop 12 double-Dutch jump roping teams that will involve up to 100 area youth on a weekly basis. Other grants range from $500 to $2,500 and will help develop or support programs that:

Teach self-care, personal safety and care-taking skills.
Tutor and mentor youth to increase school and community success.
Provide safe places, planned activities and community service opportunities for children and teens during non-school hours.
County Board Supervisor Robert Fyrst, a member of the Youth Commission, said the money the county spends through these grants on prevention is a great investment. "If a kid gets in trouble and ends up in a juvenile facility, that one kid alone can cost us more than $60,000 a year. This initiative spends a fraction of that amount on programs that will serve approximately 400 kids across Dane County."

"Involving these kids in positive programs that help them develop skills is so important," said Falk. "These programs will help to empower and educate kids and involve them in their community."

Seven of the 12 grants are for programs in the City of Madison. The other five programs are for youth in Sun Prairie, Cambridge and Stoughton. An awards ceremony will be held in May at which time each organization will receive their grant check.

Results of the "Dane County Youth Assessment 2000" were used to guide the development of the grant priorities for 2001.
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