Program allows youth to showcase photos, art

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal grant is being used to revitalize local communities as well as showcase the work of some of their youth.

According to the Johnson City Press, the $800,000 grant was awarded to the city's police department.

Besides improving neighborhoods, the grant is also intended to fight crime and aid ex-offenders' re-entry into society.

Becky Haas oversees the grant and is using a photo contest and art display to brighten up business storefronts in downtown Johnson City.

Recently, 10 Alternative Center students won the so-called "Snapshot Challenge" and got their cell phone photographs displayed in the Hands On! Museum's Market Street windows.

Supporters of the contest say it's a way to encourage young people to make better choices.

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