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Louisville Creates Charter to Improve Out-Of-School Programs

Louisville has formed a new council to oversee the improvement of out-of-school programs offered throughout the city. 

The partnership announced Tuesday responds to recommendations from the Violence Prevention Task Force, which were made public last month.Mayor Greg Fischer was joined by Metro United Way and Jefferson County Public Schools officials to announce the city’s new Out-of-School Time Coordinating Council Charter.The task force recommended a similar partnership to respond to the county’s at-risk student population, among their nearly 80 recommendations.The new charter will now be responsible for creating a structure to support effective out of school programs and funding the best of them. This includes opening communication between schools and out-of-school programs, said Metro United Way President Joe Tolan.“If there’s a youngster that is identified in need, ideally there would be really tight communication from the school system to the out of school system and back," he said.Metro United Way already has a head start on the initiative. Earlier this year the Wallace Foundation granted a four-year $765,000 grant to support OST programs in Louisville. There are nearly 17 programs it supports but many of those are funded by other means, officials said. The Wallace grant is meant to create a structure to support the programs and harvest the best of them.The city is also throwing in for the initiative.Fischer announced between $75,000 and $100,000 of federal funds--annual Community Development Block Grant money--will be earmarked for successful programs and organizations will be able to apply next spring.The council’s goals are aligned to the city’s 55,000 Degree initiative.

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