Updated: May 13, 2021 08:05 PM
Created: May 13, 2021 04:46 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester City Councilman Malik Evans, who's challenging Mayor Lovely Warren in the Democratic primary next month, unveiled a plan Thursday that he says will help reduce crime and prepare the city's youth for success in life.
Evans says our community is in a state of emergency and we have to find a way to stop all of the violence, so he developed a two-pronged approach, that he says, will get our youth on the path to success.
The first is a "Youth-2-Work" program that would guarantee a job to any teenager who wants one.
Teens would also be provided with training on workplace skills and expectations, business and management concepts and personal finance. Evans said federal stimulus money would be used to pay for the program.
The second approach is to expand teen court so it can impact more younger people.
"Not only does this allow us to humanize our children and not criminalize them but it allows them to be able to pay for their mistakes but also get valuable lessons in what it means to be a teen attorney, to be a jury and to be able to interact with judges that can have a lasting impact on their life," Evans said.
Evans said he would also like to expand support for peer mediation training so that more youth are prepared to peacefully resolve conflicts that have plagued our community.
News10NBC spoke with Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren about her response to Evans's plan. She responded with a plan of her own to get kids off the streets.
"When you think about it, the summer is coming, we are already employing youth and making sure they have a job and that is what we're going to focus on as we reopen our R-Centers, bring our kids in, and have a safe place not only for them to earn some money but also have a safe place to go and to play," Warren said.
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