youth violence

New England News
12:14 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Pittsfield Community Charts Ways To Address Youth Violence

More than 100 people came out to Conte Community School Tuesday night for the second community conversation over the past month addressing youth violence.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

More than 100 people turned out for a community conversation addressing youth violence last night in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It’s the second meeting since an August shooting involving two teenagers that put one in the hospital.

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New England News
12:16 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Negotiations Continue In Bid To Save Historic Community Center

Credit WAMC

Efforts continue to save an historic community center in Springfield, Massachusetts from foreclosure.  The Dunbar Community Center has been an oasis for inner-city youth for decades, but now faces an uncertain future.

The board of directors of the Dunbar Community Center is continuing to negotiate with its mortgage-holder to avoid foreclosure and the possible closing of the center in Springfield’s Mason Square neighborhood.   A statement from the board this week said no foreclosure sale had been scheduled.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Patrick Visits Springfield School For Black History Month Event

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick reads to 3rd grade students at the William DeBerry School for Black History Month
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick marked Black History Month with a visit to an elementary school in Springfield today.   The governor highlighted a remarkable part of the city’s past.

Governor Patrick read a book to a group of about 50 third grade students at the William DeBerry Elementary school.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Bank Grant Will Boost Mentoring Initiatives In Western Mass.

Mass Mentoring Partnership President & CEO Marty Martinez
Credit Mass Mentoring Partnership

Over the last two years, the youth mentoring movement has grown in western Massachusetts. The organization Mass Mentoring Partnership has established a mentoring hub in the greater Springfield area. The initiative is getting a financial boost from  First Niagara Bank which will announce a $50,000 grant  at an event this evening in Holyoke.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Mass Mentoring Partnership President Marty Martinez.

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New England News
5:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Mass. Advocates Seek More Funding For Youth Violence Reduction Program

A state-funded program to boost youth violence prevention efforts in Massachusetts is at risk of losing all funding after only a handful of years after its initial creation.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Task Force Dedicated To Violence Prevention Observes 20th Anniversary

Tony Pettaway of the Mayor's Citywide Violence Prevention Task Force welcomes people to an observance of the group's 20th anniversary

        Massachusetts is going to have a so-called “ three strikes” crime law.  Governor Deval Patrick says he will sign a controversial crime bill aimed at keeping repeat violent criminals off the streets. People working to prevent violence in one western Massachusetts city say the real solution to improved public safety is community partnerships.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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