By SUE SUCHYTA
DEARBORN – The City Council accepted a $5,747 library literacy grant and a $40,000 mental health grant to engage 10 youth community service agents, through the Police Department, at its June 7 meeting.
The Dearborn Public Library was granted a 2022 Library Services and Technology Act Grant, through the Institute of Library and Museum Services and the Library of Michigan, for early childhood literacy kits.
The kits contain VOX, Voice-Activated Exchange books, at the Henry Ford Centennial Library and the Bryant Branch Library, as well as equipment for English Language Learning at the Esper Branch Library.
The Police Department received a grant from the 2022 Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authority, through the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, to hire 10 youth to serve as Community Service Agents.
Council President Michael Sareini said this is the eighth consecutive year that the Police Department has been awarded a grant for the program, which provides part-time employment for 10 youth from June 15 through Sept. 30, and is a reimbursement grant, requiring no local matching funds.
He said it hires youth between the ages of 15 and 21 years old, and allows them to learn new job skills and to be mentored by Dearborn police officers.
Sareini said it is a great program, and he appreciates the police department obtaining the grant.