published on June 26, 2014 - 9:14 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Up to 4,000 extra Fresno County students will be able to enroll in after-school programs thanks to a $26-million grant.

The Fresno County Office of Education’s Safe and Healthy Kids department plans to bolster student capacity in 36 current after-school programs where demand has surpassed funding.

The Fresno County Office of Education operates after-school programs in 137 school sites spread across 32 Fresno County school districts.

“The most robust after-school programs in our community believe in partnering with young people by believing in them to be advocates for their own well-being,” said Randy Mehrten, FCOE senior director of the Safe and Healthy Kids department, in a release. “When we give youth in our schools genuine opportunities to contribute to the greater good, we are raising the next generation of active citizens.”

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