Omaha-World Herald: Citing drop in gun violence, Suttle pushes for expanding summer jobs program

Omaha officials want to expand a youth summer jobs program they say has had a direct impact on gun violence in some of Omaha’s poorest neighborhoods.

Tuesday, Mayor Jim Suttle said he hopes to get 600 young people involved in the STEP-UP (Summer Training Employment Pathway and Urban Pipeline) effort this summer, up from 443 participants last year. The city will pitch in $300,000, and officials hope to see similar amounts donated by businesses and by other organizations, for a total of about $1 million.

The Urban League of Nebraska is a STEP-UP community partner.

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