Mayor Emanuel's Commission for a safer Chicago released its report on youth violence today.
The commission's 64-page report identifies several areas of concern: youth employment; health and healing; restorative justice programs in school and finding alternatives to zero tolerance, such as suspensions and expulsions; and safety and justice, safe spaces and activities, and most importantly, youth involvement.
The report comes after three closed-door roundtable sessions held over the summer. The panel comprises community and faith leaders, experts, parents and youth all hoping to come up with solutions to youth violence that are doable within a year using existing services and programs.
"This is a milestone, a road map, an action plan," Mayor Emanuel said, as the report was presented today at the Chicago Cultural Center. "I really don't want to see this gather dust."
The report's release comes after another violent weekend in the city, most notably the death of 15-year-old Demario Bailey, who was fatally shot in the chest Saturday during a robbery while walking with his twin brother Demacio.
Four teens have been charged in Demario's murder.