Donation to allow juvenile diversion program to move

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – A gift from a restaurant founder will allow a youth program to find a new home.

Jimmy John’s founder Jimmy John Liautaud gave $50,000 to organizers of the Youth Assessment Center in Champaign. The News-Gazette reports the program, which focuses on juvenile diversion, is headed to the west side of Champaign.

The juvenile diversion program is meant to help minors stay away from jail and find the help they need to turn their lives around.

The newspaper says the center has spent the last three years in a Randolph Street building owned by Unit 4 schools. The district wants the building for office space, forcing the program to change locations. State’s Attorney Julia Reitz says it could go to the Round Barn complex, which is close to the Secretary of State’s Driver Services Facility.

Center organizers did not have to pay rent at the Randolph Street location.

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