Rochester Launches Youth Mental Health Survey to Combat Teen Crime

Rochester, NY Mayor Malik Evans launches a youth mental health survey to address recent surge in teen crimes, citing a direct link between mental health and juvenile delinquency. The survey aims to understand local youth's mental health concerns and provide opportunities for them to stay out of trouble.

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Rochester Launches Youth Mental Health Survey to Combat Teen Crime

Rochester Launches Youth Mental Health Survey to Combat Teen Crime

In response to a recent surge in crimes allegedly committed by teenagers in Rochester, New York, Mayor Malik Evans is taking action to address the issue. The Mayor's Youth Advisory Council, also known as Youth Voice One Vision (YVOV), has launched a youth mental health survey to gain insight into the root causes of the problem.

Why this matters: Addressing the mental health concerns of young people is crucial in preventing juvenile delinquency and promoting community safety. By investing inyouth mental health initiatives, cities like Rochester can reduce crime rates and create a more positive environment for their residents.

The survey aims to understand the mental health concerns of local youth and provide opportunities for them to stay out of trouble. Mayor Evans believes there is a direct relationship between young people, mental health, and the recent incidents of car thefts and reckless driving. "There is a direct relationship between young people and the cars you may see being stolen — the violence you may see and mental health," stated Mayor Evans.

The city has spoken to some teenagers who have stolen cars, citing boredom as a reason. "Our goal is that we fill up, with so many opportunities for these young people to do, that they are not bored," said Mayor Evans. YVOV is working to curb teen violence, emphasizing that the majority of kids in the area are good.

The mental health survey was launched on Monday, aiming to provide insight into the mental health concerns of local youth. YVOV members are reaching out to their peers to encourage them to join the program and make positive changes in their lives. "All of these things exist in us all, and it angers me so much that this gets wasted because of the urge to get that adrenaline rush or sense of pride from making decisions that we know aren't going to benefit us," said Sarah Adams, YVOV spokesperson.

The survey is part of a broader youth mental health initiative in Rochester. It is available on the city's website for a couple of weeks and is open to teens, parents, recreation center staff, and teachers. The survey asks questions about factors affecting overall well-being, such as feeling safe, eating habits, and reliable housing.

The initiative is a partnership between the city government and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation. Based on the survey responses, the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council will lead peer-to-peer workshops addressing key areas of concern. The program will have a soft launch this summer, with a full rollout planned for next year.

"Our mental health is an important thing... It's something our young people have been asking for services for and been crying out for help for," said Isaiah Santiago, Rochester City School Board member. Mayor Evans believes that groups like YVOV and extracurricular activities are crucial in keeping kids out of trouble. The city is looking to address the root causes of the problem, focusing on mental health and providing opportunities for young people to stay engaged and out of trouble.

Key Takeaways

  • Rochester, NY Mayor Malik Evans launches youth mental health survey to address teen crime surge.
  • Survey aims to understand mental health concerns and provide opportunities for teens to stay out of trouble.
  • Mayor Evans links teen mental health to recent car thefts and reckless driving incidents.
  • Initiative partners with Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to provide peer-to-peer workshops and services.
  • Program aims to address root causes of teen crime, focusing on mental health and engagement opportunities.