Anthony Smith

Local News
8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Louisville Mayor's Budget Proposal Adds $2 Million For Youth Program—But Plan Has Critics

The first SpreadLoveLou youth event this month at Metro Hall.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

More than $2 million in Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed city budget for the next fiscal year would  go to improving youth development programs throughout Louisville.

The funds would support restorative justice programs, enhance the office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and increase hours and develop programs at community centers.

But the plan has critics.

Still, Anthony Smith, the director of the city's Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, said it is a “move in the right direction” anytime resources can be added to youth development.

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Local News
8:01 am
Mon May 19, 2014

SpreadLoveLou Organizers Still Hopeful Despite Reaching Fewer-Than-Hoped-For At-Risk Youth

The first SpreadLoveLou event last week at Metro Hall.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

A weeklong series of events aimed at reducing the cycle of violence in Louisville is over, and organizers are now looking to see if it will have any impact on young people in the city.

The events of SpreadLoveLou were meant to highlight the creativity of Louisville teenagers and present an alternative to violence. The events ran last week mostly in downtown Louisville and featured art such as poetry readings and dance. The series was inspired by a wave of youth violence downtown on March 22.

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Local News
5:29 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Weekend Violence in Downtown Louisville Spurs Call For More Police, More Teen Voices

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad addresses community members and officials.
Credit Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Office

The violent, “mob-like” activities in downtown Louisville on Saturday has led Mayor Greg Fischer to call for extra vigilance from community members and police.

Fischer held a meeting Tuesday with religious leaders, community activists and law enforcement to help outline a plan to eliminate the threat of violence at Waterfront Park, where a string of deviancy began on Saturday evening.

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