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September 25, 2007

Albany - The boys and Girls Club of America wants to bring one of its national programs to Albany to help curb crime among youth. 

Representatives from the National Boys and Girls Club met with about 10 local leaders Tuesday afternoon to drum up support.

The Delinquency Intervention Initiative would place 35 at-risk youth with community mentors to try to steer them in the right direction.

"A lot of research has said that incarcerating youth is not always the best strategy if were looking to bring about change and this delinquency youth initiative, the goal is to keep youth in the community and offer services to them to help them make positive choices in their life," says national program director Tricia Crossman.

The Boys and Girls Club hopes to have the program up and running in Albany in a month.  

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