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City gives Boys Scouts of America grant to help youth in west Columbus

The City of Columbus is providing a $25,000 grant for the program. City officials want to help create troops in immigrant and Muslim populations. (WSYX/WTTE)

The city of Columbus is teaming up with the Boy Scouts to create opportunities in some troubled neighborhoods.

The city is providing a $25,000 grant for the program. City officials want to help create troops in immigrant and Muslim populations.

They're targeting the west side and Wedgewood community.

Their goal is to help keep kids off the streets and away from the violence.

"Unfortunately there's been concerns about gangs or outsiders coming in and influencing young people," said Columbus City Councilmember Michael Stinziano.

"You'll see over the next couple of weeks us working with the leadership of My Project USA and the adults they've helped identify

to be out in neighborhoods, working with the families, educating them, getting them excited about scouting ," Jen Koma who is the spokesperson for Boys Scouts of America in Columbus.

City officials say the program will kick in mid-summer.


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