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Nonprofit Gets $190,000 Grant to Continue Fighting Truancy at Caddo Schools

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – There was a time when an average of 4,000 Caddo Public School students were truant each year. Some of these cases have been resolved with an apology like a doctor’s note, but hundreds of these cases have not been resolved.

Then, the School Absenteeism Assessment Services Center was set up in 2016. Caddo had already implemented a school truancy program. The TASC added the participation of the Caddo District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement to the process.

The center is operated by Volunteers for juvenile justice. And in the last school year, they helped more than 3,500 families in Caddo elementary schools, said Kelli Todd, executive director.

Volunteers for Youth Justice recently received a $190,000 grant from Community Foundation of North Louisiana to help fund VYJ’s Absenteeism Assessment Service Center program for the upcoming school year. Garrett Johnson, the foundation’s grants officer, presented the check at the VYJ board meeting.

“Thank you for your commitment to improving academic outcomes for students in our Community Foundation community,” VYJ says in an Instagram post.

Tune in tonight when KSLA News 12’s Tayler Davis explains more about the grant as well as truancy at Caddo schools and efforts to address it.

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