Mayor Kenney, city youth discuss ways to reduce Philly's uptick in violent crimes

Justin Udo
December 19, 2018 - 7:42 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney looks to the youth for help, as the city works to fight back against a rise in violent crimes.

The Philadelphia Youth Commission is a group of young people from across the city who advises local leadership on how to address serious issues facing teens.

Wednesday the commission met at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts for their PHLYouthTalks.

“We are trying to focus on violence and focus on how the youth can get more engaged, and give the people more awareness about what's going on in their community, said Noah Artis of the Youth Commission.

He says things he's been through have led him want to help spearhead this conversation.

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“I really am passionate about the violence,” he said. “I've seen some of my friends go through it, I've seen it a lot in my community.”

Artis says he wants their talks that focused on trauma and a violence reduction plan to be a catalyst for things to come.

Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney was on hand for that discussion.

“We're going to try to implement it into programming, and into policies that accomplish what the goal is, and that's to have a less violent, less troublesome environment,” he said.