Youthworks program is re-launched thanks to state grantMoorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A state grant funded from drug fines has helped re-launch a Moorhead program that disappeared because of lack of funding. The program is set up to keep kids from drugs and crime, and makes them better citizens.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Moorhead Authorities say there is a 2 hour gap every afternoon when the Romkey pool closes and the youth who live in this neighborhood have no organized activities the Youthworks program is scheduled to fill that gap.
It's collaboration among the Moorhead Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Youthworks, and Centro Cultural De Fargo-Moorhead. The program started in 2005, but was discontinued in February of 2009.
Authorities say with it gone last summer, a growing need was noticed to get it back and give more opportunities to teenagers living in the Romkey park neighborhood. Now from 3 to 5 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, teenagers can take part at Centro Cultural building. People from Youthworks will be there conducting various indoor and outdoor activities.
"Our work in the Romkey Park area is to support the community we live in the youth that are there need to see that they are supported and cherished."
Right now, 20 to 30 teenagers usually show up for the program. Leaders say they'd like to see that number rise to somewhere between 40 and 50.