New pilot program to mentor youth, aiming to prevent gun violence across all boroughs

The program will pair up youth who are at risk for gun violence with mentors and violence interrupters.

News 12 Staff

Mar 15, 2021, 10:00 PM

Updated 1,209 days ago

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced a new pilot program aimed to deter young adults from gun violence. 
The program will pair up youth who are at risk for gun violence with mentors and violence interrupters. 
Public Advocate Jumaane Wiliams says the city started a similar program about 10 years ago called the Crisis Management System, which started in Chicago. 
He says the city saw gun violence drop drastically. "We know it's not enough to just react to violence, we need to advance peace. This pilot program is an opportunity to demonstrate the power of not just the program, but of these principles of public safety,” said Williams. 
The new pilot program will be implemented at the 46th Precinct and will be used at a precinct in every borough, such as the 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn. 
The program is set to begin over the summer.


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