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Toronto anti-youth-violence task force issues a call to work together

Toronto’s statistics on youth violence are stark.

Average age of youth charged with violent crimes: 17. Educational attainment of young offenders newly jailed for the most serious sentences: Grade 7. Share of fatal shooting victims in 2013 who are black males under 30: two-thirds.

Those numbers are part of a new youth anti-violence report released in North York on Monday that said non-profit agencies must start working together to help at-risk youth or they will never be successful.

“Millions of dollars have been invested, but people aren’t talking to each other,” said Lekan Olawoye, executive director of the For Youth Initiative. “It’s not a lack of trying or engagement. It’s the lack of a collective approach,” said Olawoye, one of the youngest directors of a United Way-funded agency.

The report, titled From Analysis to Action: A Collective Approach to Eliminate Youth Violence in Toronto, also says that each non-profit should be addressing four areas that are factors in youth violence: social isolation, education, employment and family well-being.

Read the full article here.

Full article includes a quote by Mina Mawani, Chief Development Officer, on CivicAction's youth (private sector) jobs and mentorship initiative.

 

Author:

Patty Winsa

Appeared In (Publisher):

Toronto Star