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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A new program in Louisville aims to place key children's programs where they're needed most.
Metro United Way, Metro government, and JCPS all joined forces Tuesday to form an out of school time coordinating council. The group will focus on after-school programs for kids, their effectiveness, and their accessibility.
Metro government will kick in $100,000 to support the initiative and funds from a private $765,000 grant will also be used.
The Mayor's Violence Prevention Task Force found solid after school programs could help reduce crime. Dr. Dewey Hensley of JCPS explains, "If we are able to link students from JCPS, our most needy and disenfranchised students, with equitable access to strong programs that help them to learn, we help our entire city."
The OST program coincides with Louisville's 55,000 Degree program.