August 25, 2014 Alicia Turner
August 25, 2014 12:34 pm
With gun violence on the rise in the Tallahassee community local organizations in partnership with the Tallahassee Police Department are stepping up to offer long term solutions to the problem
Monday the Tallahassee Urban League announced their Florida urban youth empowerment program.
This state wide initiative will be geared toward minorities in metropolitan areas.
The program will launch in Pinellas county, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Broward county, Palm Beach county and Derrick Brooks Charities.
The goal is to provide jobs to youth ages 16-24. The program will help youth get c-d-l licenses for truck driving, culinary training and office administrative positions.
Rev. Ernest Ferrell of the Tallahassee Urban League says they’re invested in making this community better for everyone.
"We have so much violence going on in our community, but a lot of it has to do with the fact that a lot of kids don't have anything to do, there is no work involved. We want to make sure that we make that difference. It will have an impact on gun violence and on all the other things that systemic over the years."
The Urban League says they don’t have a number just yet on how many jobs the program will bring to the community.