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Programs for City Youth to Continue

Ypsilanti, MI – Despite the elimination of the city's recreation department due to budget cuts, programs for young people in Ypsilanti should continue thanks to a grant from the Kellogg Foundation.
A collaboration between Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti Public Schools, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, adn the Neutral Zone has received a 200-thousand dollar grant to create the "Ypsilanti Youth Inpowered To Act" board. Mayor Cheryl Farmer says the program will help young people today, as well as prepare them to be the city's future leaders.
Also last night, city council tentatively approved leasing the city's Parkridge Community Center to the non-profit "Parents Together", which will use the building for office and meeting space.
Rent generated from the lease would help the city continue some recreation and senior programs previously cut due to budget restraints.