SAVE our Youth Initiative getting to the bottom of Monroe crime

MONROE, La. - Since the SAVE Our Youth initiative started in July 2017 they've been trying to curve violence with the Monroe city youth.

A mission to find a long term cause for the damage done in the community.

 Monroe Crime Consultant, Curtis Spears, is dedicated to seeing this mission through.

"If it takes longer than a year to show that positive progress I'm going to be here until we are trending in the right direction," Spears said.

Pastor Vance Price offered words to keep the initiative's efforts alive.

 
"This takes a lot of energy a lot of effort  and I pray that you pour back in what everyone has poured out," Price said in a prayer.

They knew when they got in this race, he results wouldn't be instant.
"Just because we're doing what we're doing it doesn't mean things are going to stop all of a sudden," Mayor Jamie Mayo said.

It's going to take everyone to get the job done.

The will from the mayor's office down to the street level.

After some research they've found some big city issues.


"The 9th grade retention rate which is one of the highest in the sate at 26%," SAVE Initiative education focus group leader, Andrew Ganishaw, said.

"If you repeat the 9th grade the chances of you becoming a high school dropout are 75%," Ganishaw continued.

"Once you become a high school dropout the path is pretty much not a good one." 

They say change will have to start from the ground up

"One of the ways they're going to target that is by looking at middle school and elementary programs."

"I'm hopeful that this time next year we'll be looking at an upward trend and it's going to stay on that upward trend," Spears aid.

They hope that trend is starting now.

There's not a specific date for the next meetings will happen in December of 2018 and January of 2018.
 


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