Ferguson gets federal grant money to help improve youth’s lives

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FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Scenes of civil unrest unfolding in Baltimore is well-known in the streets of Ferguson, have residents focusing on programs designed to move the city forward. One of those programs is being recognized by the federal government.

The program is not only about fun and games on the hardwood, but providing resources so young men won't live a hard life.

Several dignitaries including The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Congressman William Lacy Clay and Ferguson city leaders were on hand to recognize “My Brothers Keepers”, a program designed to help young black men find success in the class room and in the job market.

President Obama launched the initiative last year. Ferguson got involved after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Since then, several programs designed to help young men achieve their goals have been implemented in Ferguson, including St. Louis Youth Build.

There are plans to implement other programs in Ferguson designed to help young people aspire to do great things, some starting as early as this summer.