International Center Pre-Delinquency Program

Amila Jakupovic moved to the United States from Bosnia when she was 18, so she knows how hard it is to adjust to a new country, language and culture.

"When I first started I didn't know a word of the English language," Jakupovic said.

Now Jakupovic and those at the International Center will work with immigrant teenagers to help them stay on the right track.

"We know how hard it is not to speak English, especially being a teenager trying to get into the groups, trying to be popular, trying to be accepted," Jakupovic said.

The teens will attend classes at the International Center, which will focus on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and the consequences of bad decisions.

"We'll focus on their behavior, attitude, anger issues," Jakupovic said.

Those who work at the International Center said they want the teens to know that there are a number of people in the community who have been through the same things they're going through.

"We will be their best friends here, we will try to be their mentors their tutors," Jakupovic said.

They also want the teens to follow their dreams and realize anything is possible.

"Our main goal is for them to be better than they are now, to not give up on education, to follow their dreams," Jakupovic said.

The program will start in a few weeks. For more information you can call (270) 781-8336.

For more information on the International Center you can log onto http://internationalcenter.ky.net/


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