Brattleboro group gets grant for youth programs

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A Brattleboro group that works with children is getting a $235,000 boost thanks to a federal grant that will allow it to expand its program.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program helps about 200 children between ages 6 and 14 by matching them up with adults or by pairing high school students with elementary school children.

The grant was announced by Congressman Peter Welch.

Youth Services Agency Director Allyson Villars says the money will help the group make it through the year.

Villars says some of the money will be used to expand the Big Brothers Big Sisters program to other areas in Windham County.

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