Program for at-risk youth to be cut due to lack of funding

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by WWL-TV / webteam@wwltv.com / @WWLTV

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Posted on February 23, 2012 at 7:57 AM

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. - Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget proposal for next year is forcing agencies across the board to cut back on spending .

One program that helps hundreds of at-risk youth isn't included in the spending plan.

AMI works with children and teens who have no other alternative for school.

Juvenile court judges refer or sentence at-risk kids to the company, where teachers and counselors work with both the students and their families to get their lives back on track.

Most of the funding for the program comes from the Office of Juvenile Justice, but without a new contract, nine locations around the state, including AMI Kids in Jefferson Parish, will have to close its doors.

"There's a gold mine...with these kids and diamonds in the rough and we either gonna mine them and help them to succeed with us or they gonna fall down the cliff," AMI Regional Director Gregg Kleinpeter said.

There's still no word on why the Office of Juvenile Justice targeted AMI for the cuts, which are set to take effect on July 1.

 

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