MAYOR HARP ANNOUNCES NEXT STEP TO CURB VIOLENCE
(4/16/2014) MAYOR HARP AND SUPERINTENDENT HARRIES ANNOUNCE ‘CITY YOUTH STAT’ INITIATIVE AS NEXT STEP TO CURB VIOLENCE
REGULAR BRIEFINGS WILL HELP ASSIST AT-RISK YOUTH
New Haven – Mayor Toni N. Harp today described the next step in her citywide campaign against street violence. The mayor was joined by Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries, Police Chief Dean Esserman, Fire Chief Allyn Wright, and other key figures in the effort for the City Hall announcement.
The initiative, City Youth Stat, features regular briefings to assemble educators, law enforcement personnel, social service providers, and officials from other local and state agencies to monitor truancy, school suspensions, arrests, probation violations, and other indicators of high-risk behavior in young people. The goal is to create a broad collaboration of school, city, state and community partners to identify and support our most disengaged and at-risk youth.
In addition, the partners will engage in discussions about how to better help students get on a positive path with interventions that could include alternative programming, access to jobs, academic supports and mentors. The City Youth Stat briefing is modeled on the Police Department’s Comp Stat meeting and will use data to identify categories of students who are at risk and find strategies for helping those students.
“I believe that in order to save lives in our community we have to unite the individual areas of expertise – and their data – to address the comprehensive needs of disengaged youth. In this way we can give young people second chances, and optimism for the future they might not otherwise receive,” Mayor Harp said. “Through this City Youth Stat collaboration we’ll use data to come up with specifically tailored plans to reduce negative behavior in the community.”
“As a community and as a school district, we have to find ways to engage one student at a time, so every New Haven youth can stay on the right path and see their dreams become real,” said Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries. “Each of our organizations works incredibly hard, but we know we are not reaching enough of our kids. City Youth Stat will bring partners together to focus on the futures of individual students and create a stronger, safer community.”
“I believe the best way to fight crime is to invest in our children and the New Haven Police Department no longer believes in working alone,” said Police Chief Dean Esserman. “This initiative is consistent with that philosophy and I look forward to working more closely with all these other city departments to help keep New Haven’s young people safe.”
“Firefighters are sworn to protect life and property – with that in mind working to prevent youth violence in this way makes perfect sense,” said Fire Chief Allyn Wright. “To that end we’re looking into other avenues through which our firefighters can serve as role models for young people in our city.”
The first City Youth Stat meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m., at a location to be determined.
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