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KYTE program supporters recognized

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Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel recognized seven financial contributors to a local GED program. Since its inception eight years ago, Keeping Youth Trained and Educated (KYTE) graduate 300 students.   

On Tuesday, the Lafayette City-Parish Council got a glimpse of businesses and organizations that help to sustain the KYTE program.  KYTE Subcommittee Chairman and Workforce Investment Board Member Sydney Crawford says KYTE is a second chance. "We're looking at the second opportunity for any child and any adult that wants to get their education and their high school degree and go from there," says Crawford. 

Crawford explains with recent cutbacks in dollars the program has had to rely on the community for support. Donated money helps to keep the program afloat and improve what it has to offer. "The community in Lafayette has always been very generous as far as helping in these particular situations," adds Crawford. 

"From day one to the day they graduate it's a complete change; coming in kind of sluggishly walking in and after they get that GED it's smiles. That all it is," says former KYTE instructor and current Program Coordinator Brandon Rousse. 

For the 300 students who graduated from KYTE that's enough. Enough to give them that push to move ahead. "It's the next step to the rest of their lives.  I believe that it opens so many doors," explains Rousse. KYTE is located on the campus of SLCC on Bertrand Drive.

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