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NKU initiative aims to help N. Ky. neighborhood

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NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) -- An initiative led by Northern Kentucky University's Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement seeks to help improve a northern Kentucky neighborhood.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports the project will have students from NKU and Gateway Community & Technical College work on service learning projects over the next three years that will help Newport's Westside neighborhood capitalize on its strengths and improve upon its weaknesses.

It is called the 505 Initiative and is the first step in Project Hope, a regional collaboration by the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network which plans to launch several similar projects in the region this fall.

The center's executive director, Mark Neikirk, says the project is also aimed at enriching the educational process for students.

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