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City of Jackson announces youth initiatives

The City of Jackson announced new initiatives Tuesday, focusing on programs for the Capital City’s youth. Source: WLBT The City of Jackson announced new initiatives Tuesday, focusing on programs for the Capital City’s youth. Source: WLBT
The City of Jackson announced new initiatives Tuesday, focusing on programs for the Capital City’s youth. Source: WLBT The City of Jackson announced new initiatives Tuesday, focusing on programs for the Capital City’s youth. Source: WLBT
The City of Jackson announced new initiatives Tuesday, focusing on programs for the Capital City’s youth. Source: WLBT The City of Jackson announced new initiatives Tuesday, focusing on programs for the Capital City’s youth. Source: WLBT
The City of Jackson announced new initiatives Tuesday, focusing on programs for the Capital City’s youth. Source: WLBT The City of Jackson announced new initiatives Tuesday, focusing on programs for the Capital City’s youth. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

The City of Jackson announced new initiatives Tuesday, focusing on programs for the Capital City’s youth.

With the recent spike in crime, Mayor Lumumba said the city’s police department has to be properly equipped to fight crime and that the city has to be smart about how it chooses to fight crime.

“We do not believe we can simply out police crime,” Lumumba said. “So, we have to look at the comprehensive issue of crime and more than just focus on the what, we have to take a moment to focus on the why.”

As the administration reviews the budget, Lumumba requested that the council give priority to youth programming when divvying up leftover funds.

“We will be using resources to make sure that our youth are engaged, that many of the services, many of the activities that youth in our city once were able to enjoy, by the support of the city has dwindled over the years,” Lumumba said. “We feel this is a vital component to ensuring safe conditions, a vital component to ensuring quality of life that leaves children uplifted as opposed to taking advantage of some less desirable activity.”

Lumumba said there will be several other initiatives introduced to help the city address issues with crime.

“We will have training coming to the city,” Lumumba said. “We have violence interruption training from a group that is internationally renowned for its work. We have credible messenger training that will be coming to Jackson, and this is the type of training that utilizes the experiences of individuals who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law, who have found themselves historically going down a path that is less desirable but yet still have the ear of our young people. We’re going to train them so they’ll train those young people to not follow that similar path.”

Lumumba also announced training for community policing will also be coming to the city.

However, he did not announce the name of the group that will administer the training.

Jackson Parks and Recreation Director Ison Harris Jr. also announced what Jacksonians can expect from the department this summer.

Harris said the parks department will open five pools on Memorial Day, and another pool will open in Presidential Hills the following week.

Harris also announced plans for a groundbreaking ceremony for two splash pads in August.

“This summer we plan to engage in a series of youth summits so we can actually help young people and find out what they need and what we can do in Parks and Rec and what we can do with the city to allow to have a positive place and positive things to get into this summer.”

During Tuesday’s news conference, Robert Blaine, chief administrative officer for the City of Jackson, announced a literacy program that will be introduced in early childcare centers, as well as summer recreation programs.

Blaine said the curriculum for the program was donated by a neuroscientist in California.

Blaine also announced a partnership with Apple that will allow the city to create a program that will teach Jackson’s youth to learn how to create apps.

“Apple has actually donated their curriculum called Swift Playgrounds,” Blaine said. “This is a gamified learning curriculum where students will learn how to code for app development and we have a set of corporate partners that are actually hiring our young summer jobs workers as coders to develop small-scale apps for their companies.”

If you'd like to donate or get involved in the initiatives, call the city's constituent services at 601-960-1084.

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