By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Mayor Micheal Nutter spoke at the Stoneleigh Foundation symposium on youth violence Wednesday afternoon, announcing the city’s effort to prevent teen mischief this summer.
The Mayor says “Fun, Safe, Philly Summer” will be the City’s effort to get the word out about all of the free summer events and activities for youth throughout Philadelphia.
“Every rec center open, every library open, every park open, every pool open this summer.”
Mayor Nutter says the initiative is set to begin next week, with a goal of ensuring that young people have access to structured programs, as well opportunities for drop in activities. But he says parents need to put their plans in place as soon as possible.
“Parents, right now, not on June 10th, need to start figuring out what’s the summer plan for my kid.”
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, School Reform Commission Member Lorene Cary, who heads the committee on safety, as well as other leaders in Philadelphia’s anti-violence community spoke at the symposium.
“We need an entire community response, a collective response,” Stoneleigh Executive Director Cathy Weiss says. “There’s a lot solutions out there, there are a lot of approaches, but we are not all connected. This is Stoneleigh’s attempt to connect to bring together a broad-based of stakeholders together and create a dialogue among them.”