Grant awarded to fight truancy in the Bayview

January 28, 2010 12:59:32 PM PST
A $238,000 federal grant will go toward expanding an anti-truancy initiative in San Francisco's Bayview District, the district attorney's office announced Wednesday.

The grant will go to the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA Center for Academic Re-entry and Empowerment, which provides education and counseling for truant students to help them earn a high school diploma.

District Attorney Kamala Harris has made fighting truancy a focus of her administration, arguing it can lead to criminal behavior and ultimately high costs to the community and taxpayers.

"Fighting truancy is vital to public safety," Harris said in a statement. "When children are not in school, they end up learning the dangerous lessons of the streets at great expense to themselves and others."

The money will fund an additional case manager and a new classroom, the district attorney's office said. The program serves between 80 and 100 students each year, and will now be able to add another 30 students.


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