Youth Program Helps With Decrease in Detentions

An at-risk 17-year-old girl who faced charges just months ago was congratulated last week by Judge Christy Little for working hard to better herself by participating in a youth employment program created by Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist’s Gang Prevention Task Force. She was one of 42 who came through the program created "to take young people off the streets, to give them jobs, to teach them a work ethic and to show them that a sense of accomplishment comes with earning your own living." Little has seen a decrease in detention hearings this summer, which she said she attributes not only to the youths involved in the program, but also to the influence those young people carry with them when they interact with their peers. The Jackson Sun has more