5K race to help teens get summer jobs

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety hosted a 5K fun run and walk Saturday to help create summer jobs for young people.

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said proceeds will be presented to the public safety foundation, which will begin accepting youth summer job creation proposals from approved business and agencies. The program will also include a mentor for each young person.

“When I called for a community conversation a few months ago, we’ve had a lot of meetings with different groups, but in particular, young people are telling us they need mentors. They don’t really have a lot to do during the summer and the thing that really concerned us – a lot of them said they aren’t getting the food they need,” said Riggs, who added meals will also be provided.

“Young people need to be actively engaged in something positive and jobs are a good thing to do in the summer time,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite as he welcomed runners across the finish line.

The program is part of a what city leaders are calling a proactive approach to investing in youth to help steer them away from a life of wrong choices and crime later.

“We’re going to continue to do things like this throughout the summer to make sure the city’s safe,” said Hite.

So far, Riggs said the Indianapolis Public Safety Foundation has raised $22-thousand for the program. It continues to look for a major sponsor for more funding.

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