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Duluth nonprofit launches website to help youth, families

The website has resources for mental health, free and reduced-price school lunch, distance learning, local food resources, child care assistance and more.

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Duluth Community School Collaborative launched a new website Wednesday to help connect youth, parents, educators and others to free or low-cost afterschool and summer programs for those ages 5-24.

The website, duluthcsc.org/programfinder , has resources for mental health, free and reduced-price school lunch, distance learning, local food resources, child care assistance and more. Duluth Community School Collaborative partnered with Duluth Youth Agency Coalition and Duluth Public Schools to put all the resources in one place. More program offerings will be added regularly.

“Even now, regardless of a pandemic or not, all young people deserve that opportunity to attend afterschool and summer programs where they can learn and connect and play,” said Angel Nustad-Peluso, director of programs at Duluth Community School Collaborative. “We're really hoping that families are able to find some program that fits their needs.”

Duluth Community School Collaborative is a nonprofit that partners with the Duluth school district to provide full-service community schools.

Nustad-Peluso said as people begin using the tool and the organization receives feedback, the hope is the website will also help them identify where gaps are and where they need to have more programming.

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“We’re just really excited about it, and moving forward it’s something that we plan to continue into the summer,” Nustad-Peluso said. “We’re working with (the Duluth) district and these programs and partnerships to make sure that the kids get served.”

Nustad-Peluso said the collaborative created posters that will be put up around the city. They will have tear-offs with resources similar to those on the website.

“This was really a strategic effort across the community, youth, families and the district,” Nustad-Peluso said.

Adelle Whitefoot is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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