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Tree Street Youth is an after-school center for at risk students. The center offers enrichment classes and tutoring. The Lewiston 'Tree Street Youth' is on Howe Street and is currently in the running to win a $25,000 prize.The Tree Street Youth Director Julia Sleeper, tells the Lewiston Sun Journal, that State Farm gives away $1 million a year nationally to non-profit causes that help neighborhoods. Tree Street Youth submitted an application and out of 3,000 entries from across the country, they are currently in 11th place in the voting.

That's where you can help. Tree Street Youth is looking for your 'Unity Through Enrichment' votes on Facebook. If Tree Street Youth finishes in the top 40 at the end of voting, which is April 22nd, they'll win a $25,000 prize.

Tree Street Youth offers free academic tutoring and enrichment classes, including dance, art, yoga, weird science and basketball to downtown students.

Tree Street Youth was founded by its director Julia Sleeper and is run by a few paid staffers and many volunteers. This is their second year in downtown Lewiston and they served between 120 to 150 students each day at no cost to students and their families.

If Tree Street wins the $25,000, they will use the money to expand their offerings for enrichment classes, provide more time with kids, buy supplies and start paying some of their instructors.

To vote for Tree Street Youth, visit this link