Youth Violence Task Force
Mayor Francis Slay and his Commission on Children, Youth and Families have spearheaded a regional effort to address youth violence.
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- Prevention by: Ensuring that more young people have access to job readiness, training and employment programs
- Intervention by: Expanding access to high quality programs that build youth resiliency, teach positive social skills, and impart practical skills around how to cope with peer pressure, gangs, violence, drugs etc. Increasing youth’s access to and receipt of mental and behavioral health supports and services and extending the availability and accessibility of safe places for youth during evenings, weekends and summers.
- Enforcement by: Increasing alternatives to youth incarceration and detention. Enhancing and expanding diversion initiatives to reduce the juvenile jail population and prevent crime. Strengthening collaboration and active community policing among law enforcement, youth, families, schools and other community stakeholders. Reducing youth’s access to and use of firearms and illegal weapons.
- Re-entry by: Strengthening aftercare services that work to keep reentering youth from being arrested or convicted of future crimes, including mental health, substance abuse and independent living supports.
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