NY budget to boost after-school programs for at-risk kids

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New York’s new state budget includes more dollars for after-school programs for the state’s most vulnerable children.

The $175.5 billion spending plan approved Monday includes $10 million in new funds to support after-school programming for more than 6,000 additional students.

But the program is going to take one extra step in assuring the money ends up going to the right place.

The money will target communities with high levels of gang activity, with a special focus on homeless students and those at risk of being recruited into a gang.

Nearly 75,000 students are already participating in similar after-school programs around the state and this will allow for more students to be added to that list.

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