ADDRESSING GUN VIOLENCE THROUGH YOUTH PROGRAMMING
Gun violence remains a pressing issue on both sides of the district and disproportionately impacts youth both East Harlem and the South Bronx have witnessed various incidents of gun violence – the majority of which occurred in public housing developments in East Harlem.
- In an attempt to disrupt this violence, Council Member Ayala partnered with Union Settlement and The Boys’ Club of New York to hold youth-centric events in public spaces throughout the summer. Her office successfully held youth fairs, peace marches, backpack giveaways, movie screenings, and job resource fairs on both sides of District 8 to ensure local youth were being met with both productive activities and helpful resources.
Councilmember Ayala has created a collaborative effort of partnering with local organizations to help address gun violence; such as:
- Activated public spaces by funding public programming in areas prone to gun violence
- Secured funding for Corner Stone programs for Millbrook, Mitchel and Patterson Houses
- Secured funding to construct a state of the art Community center at Wagner Houses
- Secured funding to expand Cure Violence in East Harlem and the South Bronx.