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Charlotte afterschool program aims to break cycle of youth crime and violence [Video]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – In 2023, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department saw a 33% increase of shootings involving a juvenile suspect.

Monday afternoon county leaders presented a plan to city council members for a strategic approach to tackling violence in the Charlotte community.

It’s called the Community Violence Strategic Plan, or The Way Forward.

By 2028, the plan aims to reduce the rates of homicides and gun-related assaults by 10% through community engagement and support for youth and families.

“It’s not gonna be just one solution that’s gonna solve this,” Robert Reynolds Jr., the founder of TreSports, said.

TreSports serves as an afterschool program for juveniles after they’ve committed crimes in Mecklenburg County. The juveniles are referred through the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.

“They was in the streets, they was not going to school, they was getting in fights, they was actually committing crimes and they didn’t have anything to do …

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