Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Don't Fall Down in the Hood program caught in the budget vise

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!

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