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United Way launches newest initiative aimed at children 10-20

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  More than 100 community leaders got together Thursday to talk about how to make sure our children are "Prepared By 20."  That's the name of the newest United Way "Community Solutions" initiative.  It's aimed at helping the 45,000 kids between the ages of 10 and 20 who live in the Tri-Cities.  Thursday morning's meeting at the United Way building in Kennewick was the launch of the second Community Solutions initiative & to check in with the progress of the first.

"Prepared by 20" isn't a new program or group for youths, but will connect them to existing programs that'll help keep them in school and out of trouble.  John Inman, Board Member of United Way, explains, "As we try to come up with new programs or to do new things, it's not as important as building a relationship with the kid.  So as we look at making an impact in the second decade of life and an impact in adolescent's lives, it's really all about the relationship." 

The first Community Connections initiative was "Our Babies Can't Wait."  Inman says in the first year, it helped hundreds of parents in the Tri-Cities, despite state budget cuts to the Benton Franklin Health District, which is a large supporter of that initiative.