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$5 million grant to focus on preventing violence in Kentucky's biggest cities

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A $5 million grant will focus on preventing violence in Kentucky's two biggest cities. 

The mayors of both Louisville and Lexington helped announce the grant from the Kenan Charitable Trust.  The money would fund programs to improve life outcomes for young black men and boys aged 16 to 25.  

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray used Kentucky State University as a backdrop for the announcement. They say the funding will be used to create the two fellowships to help prevent violence and improve the lives of young people in their two cities.

Fischer says the fellowships will offer opportunities for education, jobs, leadership development, and mentoring support. "This work is essential for our communities because too many Kentuckians, too many Kentuckians, factors like their race, zip code, and lack of access to resources for safety, education and career advancement." He added that, "It makes it almost impossible for them to achieve what people refer to as the American dream."
 
The Lexington mayor said the two cities cannot afford to lose the unlimited potential of young black men. And Cities United executive director Anthony Smith says the investment is part of a new vision. He says data shows that real public safety requires investments in prevention and community building and not increased law enforcement and incarceration. 

The fellowships will offer opportunities for education, jobs and careers to the recipients.  Selection in both Louisville and Lexington will be based on potential and need. 

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