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Pilot program to help at-risk youth kicks off in Tacoma this weekend

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
September 28, 2012 9:22 am

The Tacoma Police Department launches a pilot program Saturday aimed at helping runaways, juvenile offenders and their families.

A workshop dubbed the “IF Project” will be held for 20 at-risk kids in the city. Organizers said they want the youths to “visualize the paths they might take if they had some level of stability and support.”

The program is based on a similar one in Seattle that started five years ago.

“We see so many bright young people with so much potential go through our system in a recurring fashion, and it is just heartbreaking,” Tacoma Assistant Police Chief Kathy McAlpine said. “This is one of our many attempts to connect with our local youth.”

There will be workshops focusing on the emotional and behavioral needs of the youth and how families can work together to support one another. It will also feature speakers who lived or attended school in Tacoma, or spent time in Remann Hall before being sent to jail or prison.

Tacoma’s “If Project” is funded through a Justice Assistance grant and donations from Local 6 union members.

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