Chattanooga begins week of youth-centered events

Events geared to create "safe spaces" and reduce violence during Fall Break

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Monday night kicks off a week of events geared toward Chattanooga youth during Hamilton County Schools’ Fall Break.

The city’s interim director of community safety, Chris Sands, says an uptick in crime usually happens during the scheduled time off.

He says Chattanooga wants to provide “safe spaces” for kids to combat the yearly trend.

The city, itself, is hosting the events, which begin tonight at the skatepark from 7 to 9 p.m.

“[We] have mentors, have different community leaders, different community organizations come out and we rally together to bridge gaps with the young people and various other people to make sure we have some things to keep the crime down,” Sands said.

Sands says the events are free for city youth until they reach full capacity.

Parents and guardians are also invited.

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