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New tool to help local families gain access to resources in Duluth

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DULUTH, MN-- The Duluth Youth Program Finder is a new interactive tool to help families, educators, and students gain access to resources here in the city.

"The primary piece is that out-of-school time finder, so free or low-cost programs that are for young people for summer or after school," said Angel Nustad-Peluso the Program Director for the Duluth Community School Collaborative.

The interactive map shows youth programs, food resources, and mental health support in your neighborhood.

It was created with help from the Duluth Community School Collaborative, other community partners, and members of Denfeld's youth leadership team like senior Tawny Plentyhorse.

"I know that things have been hard, everyone's struggling so hopefully it makes things easier for families, kids, and everyone around the community," said Plentyhorse.

Those at the Duluth Community School Collaborative are hoping this website will bridge the gap for those in the community and help them see where improvements are needed.

"There's an income gap for participation in out of school time. And so, for families that need that free or low-cost program, it may be more difficult for them to find access to those programs, "said Nustad-Peluso.

For Plentyhorse, she said it's been rewarding taking part in the website's planning process and knowing her voice is being heard.

"I think it means that they do want to include the youth, and the students in on stuff like this," she said. "You know it's not just the planning and making the decisions for the students, but the students are also in on it helping."

To learn more about the Youth Program Finder click here.

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Emma Quinn

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