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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2009     

Alexandria Bar Association, City Agencies Celebrate Youth Who “Beat the Odds” 

On Thursday, April 16, the Alexandria Bar Association (the Bar), through its Foundation, is hosting an awards program at the Alexandria Courthouse, 520 King Street (Fourth Floor) at 6 p.m. The event will celebrate the achievement of Alexandria youth through the Bar’s flagship “Beat the Odds” Program. The Alexandria “Beat the Odds” program, modeled after a Children’s Defense Fund Program, is a collaborative effort that supports youth who have overcome difficult situations to achieve educational or vocational goals.

At this sixth annual awards program, the committee will reward and recognize Alexandria youth, ages 13 to 21, who have achieved academic and other goals in spite of a history of involvement with the local court, mental health, or social services systems. The program provides financial awards, certificates, and other recognition for selected youth who meet scholarship criteria.

The “Beat the Odds” program partnership includes several City agencies: the Alexandria Police Department; the City Manager’s Office; the Department of Human Services; and the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney; the Office of Juvenile Court Services; the Office of the Public Defender; the Youth Policy Commission; and the Alexandria City Public Schools.

An RSVP to this event is requested. For more information or to RSVP, call the Alexandria Bar Association Office at 703.548.1106 or e-mail alexbar@alexandriabarva.org.