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.