African Immigrants Commission of New York hosts violence intervention summit in Melrose

The summit raised a number of concerns, but the one question every one asked was how to keep the community's youths off the streets.

News 12 Staff

Feb 26, 2023, 3:22 AM

Updated 453 days ago

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The African Immigrants Commission of New York hosted a violence intervention summit Saturday in Melrose.
The summit raised a number of concerns, but the one question every one asked was how to keep the community's youths off the streets.
With summer just around the corner, community leaders were wary that the pent-up frustrations during the winter will get released in violent ways on the streets.
The Muslim community in Melrose and other leaders gathered to take a stand against violence. They aimed to raise more awareness and engage with the youths, parents and elected officials in their area on how to keep the streets safe.
Some of the topics they discussed were how to increase parental engagement in their kids' education with the hope of reducing high school dropout rates.
They also planned on making a task force that will target gang violence in the community.
The community also called on elected officials to fund a youth center in the neighborhood so that kids have a safe place to go outside of school and their homes.


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