Holland challenged to match youth program donation

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — An anonymous donor is challenging Holland community members to match their gift to support a program aimed at helping local teens.

The donor promised to contribute $15,000 to the Holland Youth Connections program if the community is able to match that total through multiple smaller donations, according to a Thursday release from the City of Holland.

HYC began in 2013 with the goal of improving Holland while also teaching local youth valuable workplace skills. Last summer, the program involved 178 kids. It grew to 200 this year.

According to Holland’s annual public safety report, juvenile crime has dropped by 45 percent since the program began.

The city says it costs about $1,000 to employee a youth for 10 weeks as part of the program.

Tax-deductible donations can be made via a check to the City of Holland, referencing the Holland Youth Connections program. The city will provide a receipt.

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