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BLOOMINGTON - Youth Impact Inc. is accepting applications from agencies and others interested in operating its youth street outreach program in McLean County.

Those interested would oversee the program and provide outreach workers who would spend about 100 hours a week on the streets working with youths at risk of joining gangs and those who are gang members but want to get out. Workers typically work Wednesday through Sunday nights, beginning at 10 p.m.

"They are out there when the youths are out there unsupervised," said Dawn Green of the Juvenile Justice Council of McLean County, which coordinates the program.

For information or to obtain a request for proposal, contact Green at (309) 452-0617 or greenda@unit5.org. Deadline for applications is June 15.

Those applying will go through an interview process and a recommendation must be approved by the Juvenile Justice Council board.

The idea for Youth Impact started in 1992 when a group of community leaders formed a network to address gangs in McLean County. In 1995, the group got a federal grant to establish a communitywide approach to gang prevention, intervention and suppression.

Youth Impact was incorporated in 1997. It receives its funding from the city of Bloomington and town of Normal.

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