I DO Program Means To Keep Lexington Youth Off The Streets

May 23, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - City officials are touting the work of a new program created to identify activities for area youth, get them involved, and keep them out of trouble.

The Partners for Youth program, called “I DO,” is made up of youth advocates, members of the faith community, interested citizens, and city representatives. Mayor Jim Gray said the program still has lots of room to grow.

"We're not going to just do this as an episode or as one chapter or as one event. It's a process. We know that these initiatives, these demonstrations of caring and loving in our community to our kids are essential. They're not an event. They're not a one-time thing," Gray said. 

I DO is an outgrowth of the Commission on Youth Development and Public Safety put together by the mayor and Councilman Chris Ford. So far the group has identified and promoted nearly 50 different events through schools, churches, and other partners. Some are free. Others offer scholarships. A complete list is available at lexingtonky.gov