03/14/2012 09:50 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia announces $614,000 for support program for youths at risk

TRURO, N.S. - The Nova Scotia government has announced $614,000 in funding to support a program assisting youths to stay in school and deal with family problems.

Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse says the money is aimed at addressing a gap in services offered to vulnerable youths between the ages of 16 to 20.

The government says community groups across the province will be able to use the money to hire 10 outreach workers to help administer the support services.

Six organizations will help in administering the program including the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The program is part of the followup to the 2006 Nunn Commission report that recommended more government and community partnerships to help at-risk youths.