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Urban League's new center focuses on at-risk youth

Leaders of the Urban League of West Michigan announced Wednesday they'll open a new youth development center in Grand Rapids

Called “A League of Their Own Youth Center” the new project by the Grand Rapids Urban League will offer in-school and after-school programming focused on academic achievement.

The goal is to support youth, particularly those at-risk, to graduate from high school and focus on college, vocational school, job training and career development.

“The Urban League is obviously focused on youth development through education, health promotion, healthy living and violence prevention.”

Congresswoman Hillary Scholten secured $750,000 in federal money to support creating a separate youth wing for the expanded programming at the current Urban League facility on Eastern Avenue.

“As the first mom in history to represent West Michigan in Congress, I see how far too often our next generation has been overlooked.”

The mission of the Urban League of West Michigan is to empower African Americans and other minorities to achieve economic self-reliance, parity and civil rights.

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