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Leeds students have helped rescue a charity which enables hundreds of inner-city youngsters to stay off the streets.
Harehills Youth In Partnership (HYIP) secured a £6,275 award from Natwest Bank's Community Force Fund after some of the youngsters involved in the project scoured their local community for votes to boost the scheme.
Youth worker Jamil Khan said: "This award will be very helpful to us. At this moment in time winning this award was vital. There were many big, well established groups competing for the grants. But if we hadn't won, my job would have been gone and there would have been no more activities running."
Despite a track record of success and several awards since it was set up in 2004, the charity continues to struggle and has been near to closure several times.
Volunteer Mosa Hussain, 21, a final year forensics student atLeedsMetropolitanUniversity, helped bolster the campaign to allow young people and students to vote for HYIP. The student said: "I have known Jamil for many years. HYIP can give young people an opportunity - if we can get the funding - to get somewhere in life, instead of being on the streets."
Copyright Press Association 2012