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City of Tallahassee looks to make TEMPO a foundation able to receive donations

Posted at 6:12 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 18:12:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The TEMPO program has been a city-run program for three years, helping at-risk youth in Tallahassee.

The city is looking to make the program a foundation, able to receive donations and additional funding outside of the city.

TEMPO stands for Tallahassee Engaged in Meaningful Productivity for Opportunity Youth, a program for people ages 16 to 24.

It is connected with educational and workforce opportunities and has reached over 1,000 people, graduating 34 students from its program this year.

Since its start, people in the community have tried to donate to the organization but could not because of city-funded status.

City Manager Reese Goad says changing it to a foundation will increase opportunities for everyone involved.

"Whether it's hand tools or a vocational trade, whether it is a computer to get started," said Goad. "So a program that's rooted in donations in our community that a foundation can support we think takes the program to even higher levels."

The TEMPO program just this year received its own headquarters on the southside of Tallahassee.

Glass partitions are up with ushers opening doors for visitors to limit contact. Everyone goes through temperature screenings and must answer CDC recommended questions before being able to enter.