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Break the Silence: Stop the Violence New Program Works to Offer Alternative Programs to Youth

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                    Friday, May 13, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The push to end violence in Birmingham continues to grow and Birmingham City Councilors are committed to finding solutions that will encourage communities to be a part of the change that they want to see. A mentor program entitled, “Save the Children will kick off this weekend. Birmingham City Councilor Marcus Lundy (District-9) is encouraging residents to come out on Saturday, May 14th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to learn more about how they can become involved. The program will take place at Greater New Heights Baptist Church located at 2101 34th Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35207.

“It is so vital that we come together as a community to really strategize on what can be done to put an end to crime in our city,” Councilor Lundy said. “This problem looks at the whole picture and really analyzes why our youth are committing these crimes and what can be done to encourage them to put down guns and become involved in activities that will prepare them for the future.”

In addition to the new mentoring program additional programs have also started in Birmingham. Under a new program called Birmingham Violence Reduction Initiative (or BVRI), which is spearheaded by the Community Foundation local, state and federal enforcement agencies are working to focus collectively on the most violent offenders. The Foundation based the program on a strategy being implemented around the country with dramatic results:  reducing homicides by up to 40% while at the same time decreasing incarceration, building police legitimacy, and offering those deemed the most likely to kill or be killed a way out.

For media inquiries, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.