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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2007

Grants available for youth projects

Nonprofit neighborhood organizations eligible for funding

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Youth Commission seeks to administer 20, $1,000 reimbursable grants to promote programs that contribute to the success of young people.

Through these grants, the commission seeks to promote a diverse range of activities in the following areas: sports and recreation, justice and education, public health, community service, employment, public awareness of youth programs and activities, housing and transportation, and civic engagement.

The 17 youth commission members, who are between the ages 12 and 23, are the official youth voice in the City's decision-making process and they advocate for the needs and wants of Kansas City's youth. They also are called upon to encourage political involvement among their peers.

Applying agencies must be a nonprofit, neighborhood-based organization with 501(c)(3) status and must serve Kansas City, Mo., residents. All projects must be developed, implemented and evaluated by young people ages 12-23, and must target people ages 8-25.

Organizations that wish to apply can download additional information and the application at www.kcmo.org/youth. Applications will be accepted until the funds are exhausted.

Media inquiries and other requests for more information about this process should be directed to Thalia Cherry, youth advocate in the City Manager's Office, (816) 513-1378.

    
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