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Free program available through Flint YMCA

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(12/12/13) - You'll hear every kids say it at some point - "There's nothing to do". A Mid-Michigan program geared toward keeping kids busy and safe is expanding, and they want more families to sign up.

Inside Flint's Second Chance Church, kids are simply being kids. There are games, help with homework and laughter.

"It's a center that has structured activities, that you know a safe place that kids can come to and hang out and have fun in a structured, safe environment," said Shelly McArthur.

The kids are taking part in a fairly new program called "Safe Places", launched by the YMCA this summer. Grant money from the Mott Foundation allows Flint's Second Chance Church and the Cofy Center to open their doors year-round for after school activities. McArthur is the program and community director for the YMCA.

"We do all sorts of things, from every sport you can imagine to two days a week we have homework labs, homework help so teachers come in and help the kids with any homework help they might need. We do field trips, they go to the YMCA and swim once a week so we do all sorts of different things with the kids," McArthur said.

The hope is that this program will help improve the over-all well being of the entire community. Leaders are encouraging more kids to join.

"There's definitely still an opportunity, if they have any questions they can call me at the YMCA. The phone number is 810-232-9622, or they can stop by either of the sites between 4 and 7 p.m. Monday-Friday or 9-noon on Saturday."

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