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Youth Court at risk of folding

Kilgore said that she has made several requests to various foundations for grants and been denied by all. She is unsure of the reasoning for this and said it is slightly unusual.

"We don't know why they say 'no;' two places we were very hopeful for turned us down without any reason and we're not sure if it's because we don't meet the criteria, if there are too many requests or if the ability to fund is down," said Kilgore. "The problem we run into on a regular basis when trying to apply for grants is that it's very hard to find someone willing to fund an existing program. Most are interested in funding new programs."

Youth Court officials are urging community members to give what they can and to reach out to elected officials at the county and state level. Donations can be made to Judy Ekman of the Prevention Council or put into a PayPal account on the agency's Web site, www.preventioncouncil.org.

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