Symposium focuses on ways to curb youth violence

Symposium focuses on ways to curb youth violence

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The symposium was held at the Hill University Center at UAB. Source: WBRC video The symposium was held at the Hill University Center at UAB. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

How do you curb youth violence? That's the question local, state and federal leaders gathered today to try to answer.

The symposium was designed to showcase a program called "P3" that is aimed at taking teens from tough backgrounds and giving them a better future.

"P3" stands for positive pathways program and tries to connect youth to their community through community service and job training.

Teens today heard from Birmingham police officers and other professionals about success stories from the p3 program.

"Truly tremendous to let young people engage and hear from professionals like the Birmingham Police department and the principal at Parker High School talk about what they're doing on a daily basis to protect our communities and make our communities better," Birmingham city councilor Jay Roberson said.

"So these are great, I think anytime you can have public discussion and open the doors up to everyone, it's important to the growth of our community," Roberson added.

Today's symposium was sponsored by the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity.

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