Local program looking for funding

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 4:34pm

Volunteers for Youth Justice may have to cut their truancy program completely by the end of this year if they are not able to locate funding.

Caddo Parish recently allocated $60,000 to the organization and they were expecting to get the same from the City of Shreveport.

Officials say the City can’t afford to help the organization out this year.

Richard Foreman who heads the organization says that this is not just a City issue, but a community issue as well.

"The mayor is very much for the program, we met with the mayor three weeks ago, he is extremely supportive, then again, he can only do so much and his hands are tied," said Foreman.

The program which helps prevent truancy for kids is one of the only programs left in the city since LSU announced that it would be cutting their program this summer due to budget cuts.

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