Milestone 6 - Ensure all youth remain safe from violent crime and have a second chance.
Boys and young men of color in Mount Vernon are more likely to be involved in violent crime as a victim, perpetrator, or witness than other groups. This results in a cascade of negative effects on their well-being and on the well-being of their families and community.
These disparities, both the impact and use of violence, present a clear challenge for Mount Vernon.
- Reduce the number of boys and young men of color who commit or are victims of violent crimes
- Integrate positive youth development strategies to reduce violence
- Rate of youth suspended from school
- Percentage of children with chronic absenteeism
- Reduce the number of juvenile arrests and recidivism
- Increase positive connections with trusted adults both in school and in the community
- Promote positive alternatives to out-of-school suspensions by including restorative justice approaches
- Build stronger community relationships with law enforcement to include police and probation departments
- Increase parental supports and services including family counseling, behavioral management, and social and emotional support services
- Expand the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau Step Up Program
- Work with the city government to reestablish the presence of School Resource Officers (SROs) in the school buildings