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New York’s Successful Close to Home Program Endangered in State Budget

New York City has completely eliminated the prison population of kids younger than 16, thanks to Close to Home, a program that allows juveniles to stay in small group homes closer to their communities.

But although many city officials and advocates consider Close to Home a success, it’s threatened by major potential budget cuts in Albany, New York. Offers Seed for Change, an organization focused on “helping young people rock causes they care about,” offers to help community-based projects and programs get off the ground with the Seed Grant. Read on for eligibility guidelines and deadlines.