NOVA Center http://wfpl.org en City Leaders, Boy Scouts of America Unveil New After School Program http://wfpl.org/post/city-leaders-boy-scouts-america-unveil-new-after-school-program <p>The Boy Scouts of America is forming a partnership with Louisville Metro Government for a new after school pilot program to help at-risk youth and teach them needed skills to deal with drugs and violence.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer and other city officials unveiled the NOVA Center on Monday, which will involve the Boy Scouts, Jefferson County Public Schools and Metro Parks in the California neighborhood.</p><p>It will take in more than three dozen student from Wheatley Elementary, who will be recommended from the schools' family resource center. NOVA will offer math and science tutoring, as well as life skills and mentoring on how to avoid alcohol, drug abuse and bullying.</p><p>Fischer says the task of combating violence starts with the youngest children, but it won’t be successful unless everyone participates.</p><p>"And so the Boy Scouts stepping up here should really be applauded. It’s a way they’re going to be directly affecting the lives of these kids one student at a time. And whether you look at 55,000 degrees or 15,000 degrees, people often say ‘how can you get it done?’ And I give them the same answer: you get it done one student at a time. It’s not easy," he says.</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:57:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4312 at http://wfpl.org