Ten Point Coalition announces summer jobs program in effort to reduce teen violence

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2015)-- Police cars and crime tape are not an unusual sight in the six hot spot crime areas around the city of Indianapolis. It is a scene the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition knows all too well, and something the group hopes their summer jobs program can help change.

“When you just go through the neighborhoods, you see hundreds of young men who do not have jobs. Who are wandering around in the community and getting into trouble. This is what we are trying to address,” says Rev. Charles Harrison of the Ten Point Coalition.

The summer jobs program targets at risk teenagers in the high-crime areas around Indianapolis. The coalition enrolls the teens in various jobs that range from picking up trash to mowing lawns. Leaders of the Ten Point jobs program say providing teens with work can make a big improvement in the city's crime rate.

Last year, 1,000 Indianapolis teens were employed through the program. The coalition says Indianapolis police noticed a drop in teen crimes last summer.

“Last year, IMPD indicated that violence among teens was almost nonexistent last summer. So, with those kinds of results it is critically important for us to continue making sure that our youth not only just have jobs, but something to do,” says Pastor James W. Jackson of the Ten Point Coalition.

The Ten Point Coalition is reaching out the community for donation to help fund the program. The coalition is hoping to raise $50,000 at their third annual community prayer breakfast. The breakfast is being held June 5.

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