ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Children’s Trust of Escambia County has announced its nearly $6 million plan to fund local after-school and summer programs. Funding hopes to meet the needs of children in our community.

“The young people themselves said they had nothing to do,” said Children’s Trust chief executive Tammy Green.

Green hopes the after-school program will keep kids busy and out of trouble. Funding will be split between local programs that help children in Escambia County.

James Washington of James B. Washington Education and Sports hopes his nonprofit will receive some of the Children’s Trust funding.

“We have problems with supply, costs, getting permits, finding workers,” Washington said.

Washington and his team support over 120 children and provide education, snacks, activities and art for children in the community. They are hoping to get funding to help with their expansion.

Children’s Trust, James B. Washington Education and Sports and other nonprofits hope to provide at-risk children with a safe exit.

“They can engage in risky behavior. Experimenting with drugs or alcohol. There is a possibility of teenage pregnancy and crime. So we really want to create positive opportunities,” Greer said.

However, the Children’s Trust will not decide which programs will be funded, and a grants committee will make the decision. It is expected that funds will be allocated under the selected programs in the new year.

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