Huntington Agencies to Receive Gang Prevention Funds

Two Huntington youth agencies will receive state funds for gang prevention, State Sen. Jim Gaughran announced Wednesday.

 The Huntington Youth Bureau Youth Development Research Institute Inc. will receive ,$135,000  and the Tri Community Youth Agency will get $149,000. The money will be used for Project CAST (Community and Schools Together), a community intervention project that helps at-risk youth through outreach and case management. The CAST program, which is free to youth and their families, is vital to deterring at-risk youth from joining gangs. CAST is run through the Town of Huntington Youth Bureau’s sub-contract youth agency Tri Community and Youth Agency and Project F.A.C.I.L.E., a jointly run program through the Huntington Youth Bureau and Family Service League of Suffolk, Inc.

The funds are part of $1,284,000 designated for Long Island, approved this week with the passage of the state budget bill.

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