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Mayor Awards Groups Fighting Youth Violence

Mayor Adrian Fenty today awarded a total of $239,000 in grants to two community groups to provide outreach services and programs to some of the city's most troubled youth.

Fenty visited Charles Hart Middle School in Southeast to announce the awards for the Latin American Youth Center and the Peaceoholics, which will provide a range of services that include: conflict mediation, crisis intervention, counseling, health care and education resources and job placement. Later in the day, city officials announced that ROPE INC. would also be given a grant for an unspecified amount.

The grants came from the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust, a public-private partnership.

"Any time we can find resources and give it to organizations to do work that the government can't do we are going to do it," said Fenty, after he made the announcement during a press conference with Millicent Williams, president and chief executive of the corporation. williams added that the funds provided are part of the city's At-Risk Youth Assistance Program.

Hart Middle School is located in one of the 10 public service areas the mayor identified last week as being plagued with violence and a spree of homicides. Hart Principal Billy Kearney welcomed the city's new effort because, "The community and the mayor play a pivotal role in the education of our students and their presence here signifies that a change is deffinantly coming."

By Hamil R. Harris

By Mike McPhate  |  January 26, 2009; 4:54 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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Outstanding job, Mayor Fenty. I am not a resident of the District but I closely monitor your efforts. Best wishes for continued success.

Posted by: eambaker | January 27, 2009 6:54 AM | Report abuse

There is an underlying issue here: Fenty constantly demands that money be found for Peaceaholics because they are his "pet" group. In face, if Fenty doesn't give them money, they'll start screaming about it as a press conference. We all know that Fenty hates bad press so what else is he going to do besides give them money?

Posted by: heatherhopeindc | January 27, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

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