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A program that targets boys at risk for academic failure and gang involvement celebrated their success Thursday. The Men of Distinction program at MLK Elementary held their end of the year banquet.

The program's run by the Albany YMCA, who were on hand with MLK Elementary Administrators, and United Way officials to celebrate the students success. The United Way of Southwest Georgia recently announced it will give the Albany YMCA $40,000 to continue the program.

"We also look at core values, we look at respect, we look at integrity we look at being accountable as a student, also we look at showing respect to all grown ups in this particular setting," said MLK Elementary Assistant Principal David Adams. 

The boys ranging from third to fifth grade engaged in academic enrichment and team building exercises.

Data showed that the boys CRCT scores rose and their behavior significantly improved.