State Rep. Hilda Santiago, along with Meriden's Youth Services, Meriden's Girls, Inc., Beat the Street Community Center, the NAACP and Meriden's Police Department met recently to tout funds coming to the city that will support violence prevention.
The $150,652 grant for the intervention programs was allocated in the state budget approved during the 2013 legislative session, with a focus on reducing the number of young people entering the juvenile justice system. The Meriden Police Department will be managing the grant.
"I am proud of the work we did during session to ensure that funds were properly allocated to help our local communities with youth violence prevention," Rep. Santiago said. "It is encouraging to work with these remarkable local organizations and our police department in our effort to help provide more productive options for our young people."
"Conflict resolution skills are essential for youths struggling to find solutions to every-day societal problems," Rep. Buddy Altobello said. "I thank Governor Malloy and Rep. Santiago for recognizing the importance of programs that teach non-violence."
"Our delegation has worked together with Rep. Santiago in support of her efforts to ensure successful outcomes such as this one," said Rep. Catherine Abercrombie. "She was instrumental in securing funding that will help our city curb youth violence through new programs that will offer alternatives to young people. I commend her work and dedication and look forward to working with our local partners in moving our great city forward."
"As Senate Chair of the Children's Committee, I can tell you that any investment we can make in young children to steer them away from violence and toward peaceful, productive activities is money well-spent," said State Sen. Dante Bartolomeo. "Kids learn a lot of life lessons early on, and they often carry them through into adulthood. Violence prevention is a lesson worth learning at any age."
Rep. Hilda Santiago is serving her first term in the state legislature. She is a member of the Human Services, Insurance and Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committees.