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Ferguson non-profit starts project to empower youth

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Communities in Unity is a non-profit working to provide funding for youth programs in Ferguson. Communities in Unity is a non-profit working to provide funding for youth programs in Ferguson.
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A new non-profit organization in Ferguson said it is working to turn a vacant strip mall into a thriving business plaza to raise funds for youth programs.

Communities in Unity plans to redevelop the Springwood Plaza on West Florissant and rename it Unity Plaza.

Founders said they hope to fill the renovated plaza with 13 local businesses that will employ young people in Ferguson and Dellwood.

Theresa Bradley founded the non-profit shortly after the shooting death of Michael Brown Jr., to connect youth with their community. Bradley said she believes if young people are invested in the plaza and the cultural center it will feature, they will work to help it succeed. 

All of the money the strip collects in rent will go towards new and existing youth development programs, according to organization officials.

"Unity plaza then becomes a symbol of hope that can reverse the tide of crime, of hopelessness, and so many of the disparities that are plaguing the region," said Communities in Unity president Damion Trasada.

The renovation project will cost approximately $2 million, and completion is targeted for 2018.

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