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Jobs for teens to reduce youth violence

This expo targeted young men and women from the ages of 14 to 18. More than 50 vendors were there to provide information about possible jobs, education and mentorship programs (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier) This expo targeted young men and women from the ages of 14 to 18. More than 50 vendors were there to provide information about possible jobs, education and mentorship programs (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Shawn Lanier)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Mayor's 2015 Youth Career Expo is one of many steps the City of Cincinnati is taking to tackle its youth violence problem.

This expo targeted young men and women from the ages of 14 to 18. More than 50 vendors were there to provide information about possible jobs, education and mentorship programs.

Teens attended because they want to be more productive during the summer and not hang out in the streets.

City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson said this has been a growing problem in Cincinnati for a while, and it's only getting worse.

"We saw that trend last year,” said Simpson. “It was a really big trend."

In 2014, more than 2,500 individual juveniles were arrested in Cincinnati and more than 500 were for violent offenses.

While the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence aims to take down adult offenders, City officials took a different approach to its youth. They want to put them to work.

Teens do admit the summer brings a lot of boredom.

"Sometimes in the summer I really don't get to do anything because my mom is at work," said 13-year-old Javorah McGee.

"I'm 17. I have nothing to do but sit in the house or go outside and get in trouble,” said Jayelyn Horton.

Horton said his grandmother woke him up for opportunity, and he liked it so much, he even recruited his brother to come to join him.

“For me to wake up this morning and come here and see all the different experiences, it really helped me to see how to present yourself,” Horton added.

This is only one of many summer job opportunity for the youth of Cincinnati. Councilwoman Simpson says these are experiences she hope all teens have an opportunity to receive.

"These are kids who because of the positive experience are not being exposed to criminal activity,” said Simpson.

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