Wood Dale Applying for Grant to Help Curb Juvenile Delinquency

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Byline: Christy Gutowski Daily Herald Staff Writer

Wood Dale wants to take a candid look at what life is like for the community's teenagers.

The city is applying for a federal grant with the aim of combating juvenile delinquency.

The grant could bring in $165,000 over three years to help the city assess the needs of today's youth and come up with ways to help teens make that often difficult transition to adulthood.

"The whole purpose of the grant is to get us to work together as a community and come up with a plan," said police Chief Frank Williams. "We're not going to solve all the problems. But we can take a step toward that and keep moving closer."

Wood Dale's Community Assistance Council will oversee the program. The group is made up of representatives from the city's schools, police department, fire district, park district, library, churches, businesses, city government and civic groups who pull together resources to help solve community problems.

"I think we need to send a message to our children that we care," said Melanie Morong, a local parent and PTO president. …