After five years of federal oversight of Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court, three officials requested an end to the oversight on June 9. Some County Commissioners, who were not consulted before the request was sent, were unhappy with the decision. For more information about the local juvenile court system, read Memphis filmmakers shine a light on the juvenile justice system.
In another initiative from the Office of Youth Services, Memphis businesses interviewed and hire young people seeking employment at a My Brother's Keeper event at the Cook Convention Center. An on-site resume specialist and barber shop were available to the young job seekers. 250 people were hired during the event.
A new initiative from Mayor Strickland's Office of Youth Services encourages businesses and organizations to hire at least one young person for the summer. One young Memphian believes the program has promise.
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