Mr. Marcus helps brian interpret a poem-cropThe Promising Youth Center for Excellence Afterschool and Mentoring Program at Kentucky State University is an education and intervention program targeting at-risk youths. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the program serves approximately 100 African American and Hispanic youths ages 8-17.

The goal of the program is to provide youths with afterschool intervention and educational opportunities to enhance life skills, personal development and wellness, disease prevention, injury prevention, cultural enrichment and career development via small-group and one-on-one mentoring. Program participants come from the Franklin County School System, the Frankfort Independent School System and the King’s Center. Desired program outcomes include enhanced positive lifestyles conducive to making positive life choices, reduced juvenile delinquency and program participants transforming into productive, responsible citizens and positive contributors to their communities.