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The United Way is granting money to a local organization that they believe will have a positive effect on the community.
The United Way of Muskingum, Perry and Morgan county is giving the Muskingum Valley Boy Scouts $5,000 as part of its Community Grant Impact Funds. The Boy Scouts will use the money to develop a Learning for Life Post Program designed specifically for at-risk youth and youth in the juvenile court system.
"We are going to use these funds to build three units working with kids that really have the most difficult time and in particular helping these youth from Perry Multi County when they return to the community to adjust by having a scout leader they already know and a program they are involved with that will keep them focused on positive values," says Ed Mulholland the Executive Director of the Muskingum Valley Council.
The United Way's Meg Deedrick says they chose the Boy Scouts because the program focuses on positive outcome. She says the ripple of such a program will be felt throughout the community. Mulholland says the program is a first for Muskingum County, but he has worked previously on a similar project.
"I have been involved in Lorraine with a similar program where we worked with the juvenile court system and had the youth wear a sign to the Boy Scout troop in lieu of incarceration and had great success with those folks," says Mulholland.
Mulholland says the program should be in effect with Avondale Youth Center and Perry Multi County by February.