The youth violence prevention program, Don't Fall Down in the Hood recently experienced budget cuts of $150,000. This program is the ONLY gun prevention program in Pennsylvania and has a 95% success rate in rehabiliating violent youth.
Usually able to help over 100 at-risk youth annually, the program can now only work with about 13 youth. These budget cuts also come at a time when, according to Philadelphia school superindendant Arlene Ackerman, juvenile violence has reached epidemic proportions. If this is true, THEN WHY THE CUTS?!?!?
Film maker Dianne R. Thompson produced a documentary about the Don't Fall Down in the Hood The program, which will be released to DVD on March 25, 2010. A Fundraiser will be held to promote DVD sales and to recoup about $20,000 of the $150,000 lost to cuts.
An article about the Don't Fall Down inthe Hood program was featured onthe front page of the Daily News on Monday, 3/15.
The article can be found here. Very interesting info for anyone who is concerned about the violence killing our city's youth!