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February 10, 2003  

County Directs $7,000 to City of Poughkeepsie After-School Program

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has approved the county’s participation in the Harriet Tubman Academic Skills program, an after-school tutoring program at Tubman Terrace in the city of Poughkeepsie. The county grant for the 2003 program year is $7,000.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “It is so important to support our youth, particularly those in our urban centers, in the development of good study habits, skills, and knowledge so they can succeed at higher levels of education and reduce their risks of getting into trouble as they grow up. Having an organized after-school program for these elementary age youth can make all the difference in the development of their young lives. I am pleased the County can be a part of this very worthwhile program.”

The overall goal of the program is to promote youth development and prevent juvenile delinquency. The program works with at least 45 youth in grades 1 through 5. The focus is on assisting participants in the improvement of their school performance to grade level or higher through tutoring and homework assistance. The services are delivered through county contract with the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church.



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