Mayor Strickland plans to fund more youth programs in Memphis

Mayor Strickland adding new youth programs

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - After one North Memphis police precinct responded to four homicides in 36 hours, leaders in the area called for continued and increased focus on the youth.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland agrees.

He says in his latest budget, he has increased money to different youth programs.

This includes adding 250 positions and $500,000 to MPLOY, the youth employment program. Also, adding a new program called Opportunity Youth.

Mayor Strickland says more people are learning about these sort of programs the city offers.

“A long-term solution to crime is a young person picking the right path. We’ve increased our summer jobs program by 75 percent. The number of children involved in our community centers has grown by over 100 percent,” said Strickland.

He also says a lot of the responsibility lies on the parents to make sure kids choose the right path.

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