An organization calls in the younger generation in an effort to make a difference.
Unified Erie held the group violence reduction strategy event nicknamed the “call-in.” Through intel and data gathering of various incidents throughout the city and through help from law enforcement agencies, they get names of people to invite.
For this event, the age range was 14 to 21 year olds with a criminal background. The goal is to help keep them out of trouble.
“What we are trying to do is to get to them before they commit these senseless crimes and charges… but at the same time knowing that there is someone that can encourage you to seek the long goal which is what you do today will affect the rest of your life,” said Sheila Silman, program manager of the Erie County Re-Entry Services & Support Alliance.
In April, they hosted 18 to 26 year olds. 14 attended and they helped them get jobs, GED’s, and other necessities.