$30k awarded to Jewel J. Newman Community Center for youth program

$30k awarded to Jewel J. Newman Community Center for youth program

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Capital Area United Way has awarded $30,000 to the Jewel J. Newman Community Center for their TeenWorkPrep BR Program for 2016-2019.

The program hopes to prepare 25 teens, whose families meet the eligibility requirements of the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), with the skills necessary to enable them to mature into well-balanced and self-sufficient members of society.

14 and 15 year olds who register will participate in a 6 to 8 week program that will provide them with information and opportunities to prepare for postsecondary education and career exploration. Kimberly Brown, community center manager, says, "CAUW's new funding process is open and competitive, and we are excited that volunteers evaluated and prioritized our program to receive this allocation amount."

Councilwoman Chauna Banks says summer programs for youth remain one of her top priorities. "Summer programs, activities and jobs targeted to youth benefit the entire city by providing a structured setting for young people to learn and grow. We will continue to invest in meaningful experiences for our youth by helping to bring families and communities together," she says.

There is a $30 registration fee for the program, but that is the only cost. Applications for the program will be accepted on Monday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at 2013 Central Road. Space is limited. The program will run June 27 through August 12.

For more information, contact Kimberly Brown at (225) 775-3935 or email krbrown@brgov.com.

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