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March 30, 2007

Group takes aim at preventing youth violence

WHAT: Members of the newly formed Youth Violence Prevention Task Force, including Mayor R.T. Rybak, City Council Member Cam Gordon, and Co-Chair Karen Kelley-Ariwoola from the Minneapolis Foundation, will hold a news conference to talk about the committee’s goals following the group’s first meeting.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Monday, April 2, 2007

WHERE: City Hall, room 333, 350S 5th St.

MORE: Minneapolis’ Youth Violence Prevention Committee will hold its first meeting on April 2 to begin an approximately four-month process to tackle the issue of preventing youth crime in the city. A dramatic upswing in juvenile crime has fueled an increase in violent crime in Minneapolis in the last few years, and the committee will focus on finding ways to keep youth from going down a path that can lead to crime.

In November 2006, the City Council and Mayor Rybak called for the creation of a committee that would work in a limited timeframe to develop long-term plans to prevent youth crime and support parents and opportunities for youth. The committee is made up of representatives from government, law enforcement, business, and the community.

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Published Mar 30, 2007