FAIRBURY, NE – The Jefferson County Commissioners approved applications for community based and enhancement based funding for a number of Jefferson County youth programs on Nov. 20.
The application for Fairbury’s FYI Center was signed at the commissioners meeting at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday morning.
Jefferson County will receive nearly $23,000 in community based funding from the Nebraska Crime Commission. The commissioners voted to allocate that funding as follows: $13,607 for the Fairbury FYI Center, $7,782 for the Jefferson County school attendance support program and $720 for the pre-trial diversion program.
The FYI Center is an after school program sponsored by the Blue Valley Community Action Partnership, and receives an additional $13,000 from the Jefferson County budget.
The school attendance support program and the diversion program are part of an interlocal agreement the commissioners signed with Seward County to support at risk youth in Jefferson County.
“We believe we’re investing in these young people to keep them on a good path,” Jefferson County Commissioner Mark Schoenrock said.
The Board of Commissioners also submitted applications for enhancement based grants for the pretrial diversion program and connected youth initiative. The grant request is being reviewed by the Nebraska Crime Commission.
The total grant amount for the pretrial diversion program and connected youth initiative is still unknown.
Denise Jannsen, the Program Director for the Seward County Pretrial Diversion Program, says there are 91 students in Jefferson County enrolled in their truancy program, and 54 adults/juveniles enrolled in the diversion program.
Fairbury Public Schools superintendent Stephen Grizzle recently told the county commissioners that he believes these programs deserve the grants, saying they won’t save every kid, “but it can save quite a few of them.”
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