Mayor McGinn’s proposed 2013-14 Budget includes a big investment in the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative and increases the hours of operation at Yesler Community Center, he announced Monday.
As we reported previously, his budget also includes hiring ten new police officers citywide and funds for a new gunshot locator system. Several people responded to that announcement suggesting more should be done to prevent violence, and the mayor’s budget plan seems to also attempt to address these concerns. From the Mayor’s Office:
The mayor’s budget includes $1.68 million to expand the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. Established after an increase in gun violence in 2008, the Initiative provides youth enrolled in the program with activities, mentoring, case management, employment services, and other targeted support. The new funding will help enroll 450 more young people in the program, bringing the total enrollment to 1,500.
His budget would also add ten additional hours of service to Yesler Community Center:
McGinn’s budget also includes $276,000 to add hours at Ballard, Delridge, Miller, Northgate, South Park, Van Asselt, and Yesler Community Centers. Each center will be open for 10 additional hours after school and late at night in order to serve young people. These seven centers were chosen by a data-driven analysis that included crime statistics and existing partnerships with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.