Youth work and arts programs offered by the Pelathe Community Resource Center got a boost recently after receiving thousands of dollars in new funds.
The Kansas Department of Human Resources contributed $18,000 to the center's Neighborhood Improvement Youth Employment Act program (NIYEA).
The NIYEA program has 19 students enrolled between the ages of 14 and 21. The youths work at the Pelathe center, 1423 Haskell Ave., and at other service agencies. While providing support to agencies, they also learn work skills, according to David Cade, center director.
"We'll be able to hire at least five more kids and we'll also be able to increase the hours the other kids are able to work," Cade said.
"Normally youths have been working five to 10 hours a week," he said.
During the past two years NIYEA has received more than $74,000 from the state, Cade said.
Additional works programs are in the development stage, Cade said.
The Pelathe center also will receive three new grants totaling $25,000 for the youth arts programs during the next year.
A $7,500 grant is for after-school arts activities; a $9,000 grant is for its Midnight Poetry League; and an $8,500 grant will support the activities of the New Dawn Native Dancers program.