Philadelphia youth on violence, jobs, recreation and more

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With so much talk about violent so-called “flash mobs” in Philadelphia, many are wondering: Have Philadelphia’s teenagers gone crazy? Or are the media blowing the crimes and misbehavior of a few bad apples way out of proportion?  Mayor Nutter lowered the curfew for minors from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights in Center City and University City, at the same time extending hours in city recreation centers. We’ll talk to three youth leaders in Philadelphia about the recent violence, the city’s response, recreation and economic opportunities for youth in Philadelphia, what adults get right and get wrong about youth around here, how our schools are doing for our students, and more. Joining guest host TRACEY MATISAK in studio will be JORDAN HARRIS, the executive director of the Philadelphia Youth Commission; SHAYLA TORRES, a rising senior at Community Academy of Philadelphia, ASPIRA club president and softball player; and AARON ALLISON, senior class president and heavily recruited tight end on Frankford High School’s football team.

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