Initiative seeks mentors to reduce violence

March 22, 2010 4:52:44 PM PDT
A city-wide effort to recruit 1,000 mentors to help stop the violence among Chicago's youth was announced Monday on the city's South Side.

The groups involved in the initiative include the Black Star Project and the faith community of St. Sabina. They say one way to prevent violence is to pair at-risk children with mentors that can help guide them.

"There's a solution to the crime to the violence to the low educational -- that solution is mentoring," said Phillip Jackson, Black Star Project.

In all, 30 Chicago-area community groups are involved in the mentor recruiting project.