City leaders encourage positive summer activities for youth

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Community leader Earl Ingram hosted and moderated a forum on Monday, June 24th, along with other Milwaukee leaders, to discuss positive summer options for young people.

Ingram was joined by Milwaukee Board of School Directors President Michael Bonds, Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn to discuss positive summer options for youth.

The forum was an opportunity for community members to learn about programs, ask questions and help plan for a safe summer for all Milwaukeeans.

Ingram said there is no reason why Milwaukeeans should dread summer.

"Many times, it's because they don't have any money. If you don't have any money, you can't participate in some activities, but there are many more activities that you don't need any money for -- especially for children to get involved in," Ingram said.

"Let's do right by our kids. Let's keep them out of harm's way, but let's remember that we've got good kids in this town. It's unfortunate that the depredation of a few stereotype the many," Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said.

Milwaukee Recreation programs are expected to serve more than 50,000 participants this summer — and 52 MPS Community Learning Centers, Safe Places and Summer Enrichment Camps expected to serve about 7,800 young people.

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