Officials hope creating youth jobs helps combat violence

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — City leaders want kids to know that doing something illegal always ends in tragedy.

On Friday they announced a new effort to create summer job opportunities showing you don’t have to look to crime to make money.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard joined Public Safety Director Troy Riggs and IMPD Chief Rick Hite at Fervent Prayer Church on the city’s east side.

They told the crowd more than $35,000 has been raised over the past two months. It’s been awarded to service providers who have committed to creating summer jobs for the city’s youth.

“Every child in this audience has the potential to succeed in life and help make our city and neighborhoods a better place to live,” Ballard said, “if we just give them support and a chance. Each of us has a role to play in making our city safer.”

Most of the money raised came from the first annual Your Life Matters 5k Fun Run and Walk last month.

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