NYC's anti-gun violence employment program to launch virtually next week

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An anti-gun violence program that offers paid work and “enrichment” opportunities to hundreds of young New Yorkers will launch virtually next week, the city said Tuesday. 

The Anti-Gun Violence Employment Program will launch virtually next Monday, July 13, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice said in a release Tuesday. 

This summer, the program — which started in 2016 — “will employ New Yorkers between the ages 14 and 24 living in neighborhoods and NYCHA housing developments most significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release says.

The approximately 700 young people who participate in this summer’s program will spend 10 to 15 hours a week taking part in virtual and socially-distanced in-person activities focused on “youth leadership and organizing, career readiness, financial empowerment, web development and coding, urban planning, music and film production, civic engagement, and more,” according to the release.

The activities all take place through community-based organizations. The program lasts for six weeks, and participants can earn stipends of anywhere from $850 to $1,200, the release says.

“The most powerful route to safety is to provide meaningful opportunity to New Yorkers,” Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Director Elizabeth Glazer said in a statement. 

“The Anti-Gun Violence Employment Program, with its proven track record, does just that with youth who play a vital role in our neighborhoods,” she added. 

The number of “shooting incidents” that took place across New York City in June increased by 130 percent compared to the same month last year, the NYPD said Monday.