Philadelphia received nearly $1 million in three different youth crime prevention grants from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The grants will go toward improving school safety, keeping youth in school and out of prison and extend the city's PowerCorpsPHL, a workforce development program which hires 18- to 26-year-olds to work temporarily in the City Parks and Recreation Department and the Philadelphia Water Department, city officials announced Monday.
The grants are the following:
Mayor Nutter, who is in Sacramento for the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, said via Skype at a morning news conference that the money will go toward helping fight the "epidemic" of youth violence, especially among African American males. Nutter said the idea is to "keep them in school and away from the criminal justice system."