Your Life Matters Task Force meets to cut city’s crime

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The newly formed Your Life Matters Task Force is holding its first meeting Wednesday at the headquarters for the Indiana Black Expo.

The group’s goals are to help young men get an education and a job, cutting down on the city’s crime.

Many of the group’s leaders are city leaders who know firsthand the need to make the city safer.

Your Life Matters has been a theme for several events in Indianapolis over the last few weeks.

The 14 member group includes the president of the Indiana Black Expo, Tanya Bell, and the executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Jamal Smith. Others are lawmakers, religious leaders, judges and social workers.

At a 5K run held two weeks ago for Your Life Matters, Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said the program also gives meals and a mentor to young men. The goals, he said, are investing in them now and steering them away from crime later.

“There’s mentoring that takes place during the summer that lasts far past a summer because someone gets involved in the young person’s life and they’re also feeding them,” Riggs said. “One of the ways that we keep them involved and we make sure that they stay out of trouble during the summer is that they’re held accountable. Accountability’s a big portion of this.”

The new task force says part of what it does is research.

They’ll look into what other cities successfully do to help young men get an education, a job and stay away from crime.

Wednesday’s meeting starts at 7:30 a.m.

WISH-TV 24 Hour News 8 will have a crew inside the meeting. Stay here for updates.

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