Newport News summer job program targets troubled teens

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 5:19 PM

NEWPORT NEWS -- Newport News police are investigating a shooting in the southeast area of the city involving a 17-year-old male.

Over the weekend, a 19-year-old man was shot in the head and killed in the same neighborhood.
  
Police believe many of the shootings in the community area gang related.
   
As part of Mayor McKinley Prices' anti-gang initiative, a summer job program will start accepting applications Friday.
  
About 100 jobs will be available for teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24.   Applicants must live in the target area that runs between 22nd and 36th streets and Madison and Oak avenues.


   
 

Youth Gang and Violence Prevention Coordinator MaRhonda Echols said applications will be even be accepted from those who've already been trouble.

"It's important to reach them in a prevention level and an intervention level, so it's an inclusive program,"  Echols said.
 
Workers without a diploma or a GED will be paid $7.25 an hour.   Those with a diploma or GED will be paid $8 an hour.
      
Applications can be picked up at City Hall, the library, and community and recreation centers in the southeast community.       
 

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