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NEWPORT NEWS --Newport News received a $870,000 federal grant Monday to help prevent youth violence and gang activity.

The announcement was made by the Office of Justice Programs' Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Administrator Robert L. Listenbee, who was joined by Rep. Bobby Scott and Mayor McKinley L. Price.

'We are very excited about the positive impact that this grant will have on the youth of this city,' said Mayor Price. 'Young people matter in this community and we want to give them every opportunity to be successful and to live healthy and productive lives. This is another important step in helping the community to develop and implement successful long-term strategies to address the problem of youth and gang violence.'

Newport News plans to expand the Targeted Outreach Program, a community-based collaborative youth violence prevention initiative which utilizes the evidence based framework of the All-Stars Model in partnership with the Newport News Police Department and OneChurch.

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