New Haven Distributes $500,000 in State Grants to Youth Violence Prevention Programs

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New Haven Distributes $500,000 in State Grants to Youth Violence Prevention Programs


Lips, Evan, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


NEW HAVEN » The season of giving arrived early this year for 23 local nonprofit agencies and the youths they serve, as the city announced Monday it has won a $500,000 state grant that will fund various youth violence prevention programs.

"We're here today to celebrate the service providers and most importantly the youth who are leading our city in preventing youth violence," Alder Sarah Eidelson, D-1, chairwoman of the Youth Services Committee, said during a City Hall press conference attended by more than 50 agency representatives and youth program participants.

Several teens, including New Haven Academy ninth-grader Janailee Marquez, 14, said after the presentation that the key to keeping the city's young people out of trouble is to keep them busy.

Janailee said she heard about LEAP Inc. (Leadership, Education, Athletics And Partnerships) through a friend. She now participates in the agency's Leaders-In-Training program, aimed at providing teens with homework help and also the tools to become leaders themselves.

LEAP's LIT program received $10,000. The agency's Junior Counselors program, which gives high school students between the ages of 16 and 18 the chance to mentor small groups of children participating in LEAP's elementary school programs, received $50,000..

Mayor Toni Harp praised state Rep. Toni Walker, D-New Haven, for her advocacy and added that the city "cannot thank Represenative Walker enough" for the work she's done at the state level.

Harp also noted that there have been 12 homicides in the city so far in 2014, five less than there were during the same period in 2013. …

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