Iowa City to help fund FasTrac

Program aimed at minority students shut down last month for financial reasons

Gregg Hennigan
Published: December 4 2013 | 6:35 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 12:26 am in
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The city of Iowa City will provide funding to help restart a program aimed at minority students.

The City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved a request to provide $15,000 to Diversity Focus, a Cedar Rapids-based organization, to revive FasTrac.

FasTrac is an Iowa City-based program focused on academics, community involvement and college preparation, primarily serving black teenagers.

It started at City High School in 2007 before moving to Mayor’s Youth Empowerment Program in 2010. FasTrac was closed last month for financial reasons.

The $15,000 to Diversity Focus, a nonprofit organization that promotes cultural awareness throughout the Corridor, will be used to pay a part-time employee and on other expenses through June 30.

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