Pittsfield Receives Increased Funding For Youth And Gang Intervention
Following violent events involving young people this year, Massachusetts has increased funding for youth intervention and gang prevention programs in Pittsfield.
The city has received a $133,000 Shannon Grant to further develop Pittsfield’s Community Connection and other programs aimed at ending youth and gang violence. Following $60,000 and $100,000 grants over the past two years, the city has brought on two mentors and coordinator Adams Hinds.
“From neighbors to coaches to business leaders, clergy and down the line there’s a real need for standing up when you see children in need and standing up when children are acting out,” Hinds said in August.
Hundreds have attended community meetings following a gang-related shooting in August involving two teenagers in broad daylight.