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Louisville Urban League program helps struggling youth get to college

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Urban League has a program that transforms students with failing grades to college bound.

It is called "Project Ready" and is administered by the staff at the Louisville Urban League. The goal is to find youth who are struggling or on the fence and help them turn their lives around before they end up on the streets.

"When you know that, you have to do better in life because you've seen people struggle," said Trinity Presley, who is in Project Ready.

For years, the struggle was real for Presley, especially when it came to school and academics.

"They sent a letter home, saying like, your daughter is going to fail if she doesn't do this," she said.

That was the wake-up call that led Presley to the Louisville Urban League.

"A lot of the kids who we are engaging with our students who are on the line or not, not sure of where they're going to end up after graduation," said Lawrence Wilbon, with the Louisville Urban League.

Wilbon is Director for Youth Development and Education and helped direct Presley to the life-saving program.

"We've absolutely saved lives," he said.

Project Ready targets students who are struggling in school and in life. With the recent rash of violence on the streets of Louisville, Wilbon believes the program is crucial heading into the summer months.

"Our hope is that students will connect with a program such as Project Ready during the summer and actually stay connected and stay away from those negative environments," he said.

The program has helped hundreds of students over the years. That includes mentoring, college visits and more, and the outcome is pretty impressive.

"100 percent of those students go to college," Wilbon said.

Wilbon said instead of a pipeline to prison, Project Ready is building a pipeline to college.

"My GPA now is a 3.5," Presley said.

Meanwhile, because of Project Ready, Presley is ready for life after high school.

"I wanna go to an HBCU. I think I want to go to Howard."

The Louisville Urban League is already taking applications for its summer project ready program.

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