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Youth Violence Summit Co-Chairs Submit Report to Mayor Barry

April 1, 2016

Report includes summary of findings from Youth Violence Summit, along with recommended actions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Thursday, the co-chairs of the Youth Violence Summit, Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway and Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry, presented their findings from the five Summits to Mayor Megan Barry, along with recommended actions that the city can take to reduce youth violence. 

“I appreciate the Summit Co-Chairs for helping to produce this report and putting together the recommended actions, which I will review with my team over the coming weeks,” said Mayor Barry. “We’re going to see how we can strengthen existing programs and create new ones where necessary to connect youth to hope and to opportunity.”

“I’m excited about the fact that today we are getting ready to save some lives, we are getting ready to change some lives,” said Criminal Court Clerk Gentry. “Over the past few months, we’ve had the important discussions that we needed to have; now it’s time for action, and I look forward to working with Mayor Barry to make it happen.”

“I’m committed to this cause for somewhat selfish reasons, I’m ready to retire early,” joked Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway. “I want to retire because we’ve put in place the programs and policies that are needed to put an end to youth crime and violence and make my job obsolete. We’re ready to stop talking the talk, and start walking the walk.”

The report includes a summary of the findings and lessons learned over the course of the five Summit meetings and lays out six goals, with accompanying signs of success and recommended actions, which were presented to the Mayor:

  • Training and Employment - All youth have the opportunity to participate in career training and job opportunities so they can become college- and career-ready
  • Meaningful Youth Engagement - All youth have opportunity to participate in quality after-school and out-of-school activities
  • Health Awareness and Access - Reduce the number of youth exposed to trauma
  • Restorative Justice and Diversion - Increase the number of youth allowed to remain safely in their communities while under court supervision
  • Safe Environment - Youth feel safe and are safer in their homes, on the street and in school
  • Education - Youth receive a high-quality education from pre-K through high school

The Youth Violence Summit report is available online.