Rybak launches program to stop youth violenceby Brandt Williams, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says youth violence is a public health problem that can be prevented.
Rybak released a set of 34 recommendations on how to reduce and prevent violence among young people Monday afternoon.
The report identifies several neighborhoods that have seen the highest number of homicides and shootings between young people, and it recommends focusing mentorship programs in those areas.
Rybak says this is just one way to prevent young people from becoming victims and perpetrators of violence.
"If you're in an emergency room your job is to stop the bleeding. But ultimately, the public health of a community is about you stopping the injury from happening in the first place. And that's really what we're about doing today," says Rybak.
After the report is adopted by the City Council, the committee responsible for the recommendations will have 100 days to get feedback on how to make them happen. That includes finding funding sources for each recommendation.
- Morning Edition, 01/08/2008, 7:20 a.m.