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New REimage initiative aims to give troubled youth a second chance

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new initiative aims to help troubled Louisville youth overcome cycles of crime and violence and become stable, productive citizens.

On Tuesday morning, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer outlined REimage, "an initiative set to help young adults in aspects from continuing their education, to getting a job, to coping with drug and alcohol issues."

One-hundred local young adults between the ages of 18-24 who are facing misdemeanor charges will be placed with program mentors and case managers. These mentors will help them navigate the court system, connect with jobs and further their education by obtaining a GED or enrolling in college or job training, according to a news release. Those young adults will also receive guidance and support in dealing with personal issues, such as addressing their charges with employers, parenthood, and drug or alcohol abuse.

"Giving these young people a second chance is not only the right thing to do, it's good for our economy and a key part of our strategy for creating safer neighborhoods," Mayor Fischer said. "Connecting them to education and jobs increases their chance for success, while simultaneously reducing the odds that they will be further involved in crime and violence."

REimage is an effort by the city's Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, and is is made possible through the federally funded Right Turn program, which is also funded by $200,000 from the city budget.

"Recruitment for the new program, which will be run by KentuckianaWorks, will focus primarily on the Russell and Shawnee neighborhoods of West Louisville, although young adults from other areas can also participate," the news release states. "Young adults interested can visit the Baxter or Shawnee Community Centers on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., or stop by the Kentucky Youth Career Center, 510 W. Broadway, Suite 701, Mon-Thurs., 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. They can call the KYCC at 574-4115."

Anyone interested in mentoring should call the Kentucky Youth Career Center at 574-4115.

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