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Wisconsin Committee Plans to Help Troubled Teens

A major initiative will be announced on Tuesday, with a plan to curb violence among troubled teens and reduce high school dropout rates in Dane County Wisconsin.

The United Way of Dane County is behind the initiative, and officials said the hope is to reach out to our most trouble youth, to help turn their lives around.

In Wisconsin schools alone, 9 percent of students in the 2005-2006 school year were high school dropouts. Add that to an increase in teenage violence, and it's clear that the problem is growing, officials said.

Corey Chambas co-chaired a United Way delegation, which looked extensively at ways to improve the future of Dane County youth. He said something must be done.

"We want to help these kids," Chambas said. "We see kids falling by the wayside, and there are ways to help."

The nine-month study brought together teenagers, parents, educators, community leaders and law enforcement in order to find some of the best ways to reach out to Dane County youth, WISC-TV reported.

"It's not just a school issue, it's not just an education issue, it's not just a law enforcement kind of issue -- it's very broad based," Chambas said.

On Tuesday, the committee said it will release the findings of its study and announce a major action plan. After the announcement, officials said the pilot program would begin in two communities, with leaders tackling the issues head-on.

They said they hope an all-front approach in schools, in the community and at home is the best way to turn the bad trends around.

"If you have kids dropping out of school, they're not going to be productive members of society," Chambas said. "We need those kids from an economic perspective."

The complete plan, dubbed the "Achievement Connections Mobilization Plan," will be announced Tuesday. Community leaders, educators, councilors and law enforcement will be on hand to answer questions, in a town hall type environment, officials said.

If the pilot program is successful, officials said a countywide launch could be expected within the next two years.

The meeting runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Monona Terrace lecture hall, level 4. Officials said everyone is invited to attend.

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