Youth Violence Summit Aims To Reduce Crime

Posted at 7:18 AM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 08:18:49-05

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and several community leaders have joined forces to help put an end to crime among young people.

A Youth Violence Summit is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, at Pearl-Cohn Magnet High School. The meeting is open to the public.

Several leaders, including those from Metro departments and local non-profits, will meet to discuss problems and possible solutions surrounding youth violence. 

It’s an issue that has increasingly gotten worse over the past year.

Nearly 70 people have been killed in Nashville within the last 10 months. Two of those were killed just this past weekend.

More than half were under the age of 25 -- more than double the 16 from last year around this time.

This will be the first in a series of meetings which are expected to continue through the start of the New Year. 

It's a chance for leaders to express their thoughts on how to engage with young people and figure out which programs will help reduce crime among young people.