Mayor Rybak unveiling ‘blueprint’ for preventing youth violence

Mayor R.T. Rybak will present The Blueprint for Action to Prevent Youth Violence, the city’s plan to reduce violence among young people tonight in Northeast.

The blueprint identifies juvenile violence as a public health problem, noting that, “sustained reduction in crime involving young people require[s] more than aggressive enforcement because the crisis of juvenile crime cannot be arrested away.”

A Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee comprised of 30 public safety officials and community leaders created the blueprint, which addresses four main goals: to connect every kid with a trusted adult; to intervene at the first sign of at-risk behavior; to restore youth who have gone down the wrong path; and to unlearn the culture of violence in our community. Thirty-four action items are also included in the report.

Rybak’s presentation comes on the heels of the opening of a new juvenile supervision center at City Hall, 350 S. 5th Street. Kids who commit low-level offenses such as truancy or vandalism would be taken to the center where they would receive voluntary assessments or referrals.

The mayor will present the plan at 6:15 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 807 Broadway Ave. NE.