Mayor announces more funding for anti-youth violence programming in proposed budget
The Ballard community center may be seeing more hours as the Mayor announced that his proposed 2013-14 budget includes $276,000 to help keep seven community centers open later.
Other centers include Northgate, Delridge, Miller, South Park, Van Asselt and Yesler. Each center will be open ten additional hours after school and late at night in order to serve younger people. According tot he press release, the centers were selected as part of a data-driven analysis that included crime stats and existing partnerships with the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.
The budget also includes $1.68 million for the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, which would increase youth enrollment from 1,050 to 1,500. The Initiative provides enrolled youth with activities, mentoring, case management, employment services, and other targeted support.
“Protecting public safety means giving young people a safe place to socialize and services to help them succeed,” said McGinn in the press release. “With this budget we can make some targeted investments to help build safer communities.”
The mayor will announce his proposed budget to City Council on Monday, Sept. 24.