Memphis mayor reveals plans to fight youth violence

Memphis mayor reveals plans to fight youth violence
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton revealed his new plans to fight youth violence in the city.

He developed and redeveloped dozens of proposals to help Memphis' youth, including ways to enforce the citywide curfew.

Wharton wants to expand nearly 57 city programs focused on youth wellness, law enforcement, and intervention. The Office of Youth Services will run those programs, which include midnight basketball and more summer jobs.

The mayor says the work starts now, with young people helping feed the hungry this Thanksgiving holiday

"There will be structure, there will be counseling. Much more than just the traditional goals of cutting grass or whatever," explained Wharton.

There are also plans to re-establish Memphis' Youth City Council and create programs to teach adults the best ways to parent their teens.

The launch date for these programs has not been announced.

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