PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some Philadelphia city councilmembers are getting behind an anti-violence plan designed for young people. The so-called “Youth Powered Anti-Violence Agenda” calls for spending in several areas.
The money would go to trauma counseling, youth employment, expanded rec center hours, libraries and other services in neighborhoods and schools plagued by violence.READ MORE: Methacton Lacrosse Coach Garth Little Facing Charges After Video Captures Him Shoving Student-Athlete
“So many of the over 800 young people who have been shot in the City of Philadelphia since the start January of 2020 are disconnected from a school system or other institutions,” Councilmember Helen Gym said. “This pandemic has certainly not made that easier. We have concurrent, multiple crises happening, with health crises, an economic crisis and gun violence, and the people who are suffering the most are you.”READ MORE: Homeowner's Body Found Following Explosions, Massive Fire In Lower Providence Township Townhouses
The plan would be funded with at least $50 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan.MORE NEWS: 'Sad Day In The Rescue World': Animal Advocates Fear Proposed Legislation Would Force Dog Owners To Give Up Pets
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