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YOU Center Moves To New Location

A local program that offers career and educational services for young people who have dropped out of school has a new headquarters.The Youth Opportunities Unlimited Center, or YOU Center, was established three years ago, focusing mainly on 16 to 21 year olds who have left school.It was first housed at a facility on West Broadway but is now in a larger building at Third and Kentucky Streets, where a ribbon-cutting was held Thursday.The center is managed by Jefferson County Public Schools. Superintendent Sheldon Berman says more than 1,500 young people have used its services since 2005."Two hundred thirty-eight have earned their GED, 765 have entered employment and 261 have entered college or vocational training. That's extraordinarily impressive," Berman said.Berman says the YOU Center's new location is more than twice as large as the old site.The program is funded with a combination of government and private money.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.