Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters receives $1 million federal grant

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $1 million to help improve long-term job prospects for young people who have been juvenile offenders according to the Wichita-based group.

The organization plans to use the money to expand the current Positive Pathways program, which provides services to help youth overcome obstacles that lead to involvement in the juvenile justice system. A number of community groups, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, are involved with the program.

Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, which serves almost 6,000 children across the state, was one of 28 community groups nationwide to receive a grant from the $26 million fund set aside by the Labor Department to help juvenile offenders with support services and job training.