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Province launches network to support after-school programs

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The Manitoba government launched its After School Network today in a bid to keep young kids out of trouble.

The program involves more than 40 organizations that offer after-school programming, Children and Youth Opportunities Minister Kevin Chief said in a release.

"The After School Network is about bringing together community-based organizations that provide positive activities for children and youth aged six to 18 and is a pillar of our preventative approach to making our communities safer," Chief said.

The province has spent $12 million in After School Network organizations to help them deliver after-school programming.The province has also hired in a co-ordinator to help co-ordinate the network.

Today’s launch designed to give Manitobans the chance to meet with After School Network organizations and get information about the resources offered.

Forty-nine organizations registered for the launch of the After School Network as well as funders that include the Winnipeg Foundation, United Way and True North Foundation.

The province says Statistics Canada reports that unsupervised time after school is when the largest proportion of youth violent crime takes place and when youth are more likely to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and drugs and be more sexually active.

The After School Network will hold a similar launch in Thompson March 19-20.

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