Officials hope creating youth jobs helps combat violence

(WISH Photo/DeAndre Taylor)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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