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Memphis One of Six Cities Picked for National Youth Violence Forum

January 20, 2011

The City of Memphis has been selected as one of six in the nation to participate in the Obama Administration’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Each city is charged with the task of forming a comprehensive community-based plan to stem the tide of youth and gang violence.

In response, the Memphis Youth Violence Prevention Policy Council has been formed, consisting of representatives from more than 20 public and private local agencies. Four community groups are assessing effective methods of prevention, intervention, re-entry, and enforcement as they relate to juvenile violence.

Residents of Memphis and Shelby County are invited to participate in a candid discussion on issues affecting the safety of children at a community forum called “Real Talk: Youth Violence – A Candid Conversation,” scheduled for Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue.

Constituents will be briefed on the state of youth violence in Memphis and Shelby County. Participants will then break out into work groups to brainstorm ideas and workable solutions. The council will then formulate a plan from those discussions and present it at the Youth Violence Summit in Washington D.C. this spring.

The forum is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  Those wishing to participate are asked to RSVP by calling (901) 507-4198, or by emailing

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