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:

  • $600,000 for the School Justice Collaboration Program: Keeping Kids in School and Out of Courts for the School Diversion Program;

  • $227,430 from the Corporation for National Community Service  Collaboration on the Youth Opportunity Corps for expansion of PowerCorpsPHL;

  • And $100,000 for the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention for expansion of Philadelphia's Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative, which is centralized to North Philadelphia's 22nd police district.

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."

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