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Grants to keep kids out of trouble

Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 10:51 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – The DeKalb Township Committee on Youth is accepting grant applications from organizations providing programming or services that help battle juvenile delinquency within DeKalb Township. Grants of up to $500 are available. The committee meets monthly to vote on applications. Applications are reviewed in the order they are submitted and there is no deadline. Applications can be downloaded from the DeKalb Township website, www.dekalbtownship.org, under the “Town Board” tab.

With the approval of the township board the committee may cooperate with any other local government entity, organization, agency or persons in the fostering, development and provision of local programs designed to prevent juvenile delinquency and to meet the needs of local youths.

The DeKalb Township Board established its committee on youth in April 2012. Its mission is to advise the board on programs and services that combat and prevent juvenile delinquency and to provide for the well-being of underserved and underprivileged youth and their families who live in the township. Tim Vincent, principal at Clinton Rosette Middle School, is the committee chair.

“Tim Vincent and the rest of the committee have done a great job in developing a grant process that will help kids in our community,” township supervisor Eric Johnson said. “I am thankful to him and all the committee members for the time they have committed to this project.”

Johnson said one aspect of the committee is involving children in youth programs that might be unavailable without the extra funding. He previously worked as a law clerk in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he was assigned to a juvenile courtroom.

“We know that children participating in structured programs such as sports, clubs or after-school programs are less likely to get into trouble, ” Johnson said. “I got to see firsthand what happens to children who end up in our court system, and anything we can do at the township to prevent juvenile delinquency is a good thing.”

For information about the grant application process, call 815-758-8282.

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