Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone will disburse over $100,000 of money forfeited in drug busts to 11 community programs, with almost one-third of those funds going to various Framingham programs.
Under Massachusetts state law, the district attorney's office is allowed to donate drug bust monies to programs for drug rehabilitation, drug education, and other anti-drug or neighborhood crime watch programs.
Last year, Leone donated seized drug money to Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides the county's school districts and communities with prevention and intervention resources and training.
He will continue to disburse funds to the organization this year, as well as 10 new programs.
“These funds will make a significant difference in our communities by providing youth with positive, resourceful alternatives this summer,” Leone said in a prepared statement. “Whether it is funding summer jobs, providing transportation for kids who would otherwise not have access to go to summer camp, or establishing college preparedness programs for at-risk youth, these monies are going to truly remarkable causes.”
This year, Framingham organizations will collect a total of $31,000 for youth programs.
The Boys and Girls Club of Framingham will receive $10,000 for scholarships for nine low-income at-risk youth from the Framingham area, ages 6 to 16, to attend a summer camp at the club.
The camp serves 100 kids, and this donation will have a significant impact on the number of children the club can accommodate, according to a press release from the district attorney's office.
Additionally, another $10,000 will allow the Boys and Girls Club to expand its ability to provide after school pick-up transportation from school to the club's after school programming for the first five months of the 2012-2013 academic year.
Currently, while the Boys and Girls Club has room in the club’s program, they are unable to reach kids at a number of schools without these funds.
Leone’s funding of this program last year enabled 72 additional children to attend after school programs at the Boys and Girls Clubhouse who otherwise would not have been able to participate, according to the district attorney's statement.
The MetroWest YMCA High Flight Program will also receive $10,000 for five local kids to attend this summer's program, which focuses on developing self-confidence, challenging youth to succeed, understanding consequences, and breaking down walls amongst youth.
The program was developed in response to a community need for after school, weekend, and summer positive programming for at-risk teens, the district attorney's office said.
A donation of $1,000 for Framingham High School afternoon transportation vouchers will also help give students the option to stay after school and participate in extra-curricular activities and team sports.
The district recently cancelled their late bus service. Without these vouchers, students without transportation home would have been forced to leave school at dismissal time rather than participate in these after-hours programs, the district attorney's office said.
Nearby, Marlborough will also receive nearly $10,000 for their summer jobs programs, a newly established partnership between the district attorney's office, Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce, Inc., and the City of Marlborough. The donation will help to support 20 paid internships for youth in Marlborough for six weeks this summer, along with a job training program.
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