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United Way gearing up for "Prepared by 20" initiative

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  United Way of Benton and Franklin counties is gearing up for its latest initiative, "Prepared By 20."  It's part of the community solutions program, which featured "Our Babies Can't Wait" last year.

"Prepared By 20" will focus on ages 10 through 20.  Organizers want to help kids with a wide variety of needs, including keeping them out of gangs, keeping them in school, and lowering the teen pregnancy rate.

Mark Griffin, chairman of the initiative, says, "The idea behind the initiative is not to create a new program.  We don't want to create new things.  We believe that most the things that need to be done are in this community already.  Either people aren't aware of it or it doesn't have the funding or just needs more support."

"Prepared By 20" will connect teachers, parents, and children to those programs by using their informational phone line, 2-1-1, the internet, and schools.

The initiative will officially kick off in January.  For more information or to get involved, call United Way, 211, click here for a link to the website, or e-mail mark@preparedby20.com.