Push to curb summer violence in West Palm

Posted at 1:12 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 04:50:00-04

West Palm Beach community leaders held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss plans to curb shooting violence this summer.

They talked about the need to provide more summer job opportunities for people ages 16 to 25 in West Palm Beach.

Last year, the West Palm Beach Police Department responded to 36 shootings in the months of May through August. Dozens were involved, and many were wounded or killed.

City leaders feel if more young people are busy working, West Palm Beach will see a decrease in shooting violence this year.

"If we can get them employed," West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio said. "That's one step to having kids who are actively engaged in positive outcomes."

The job fair will be held at the Mary V. McDonald Wilson Center in Gaines Park on Saturday May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Anyone between the ages of 16 and 25 is invited to attend, even those with a criminal record.

A workshop will also be held May 18 at the Youth Empowerment Center on 21st Street in West Palm Beach from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Attendees will be given job interview tips and advice on how to write a resume.