City, Washington work together to have positive impact on Memphis’ youth

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Tempestt McGhee just started working in the office at Moore Tech, a technology college, for the summer.

She's one of a thousand teens who started the MPLOY program earlier this month.

The goal--learn life skills and be exposed to positive influences.

"It helps you stay off the street and stay out of trouble and stop the crime and violence."

"All the horrific crimes that we are facing every day we need to reach out to these people and be aggressive with it," said the Director of the Office of Youth Services Ike Griffith.

Griffith oversees MPLOY students and where they're placed.

He told WREG it's a community effort to show our youth the right path.

We're participating here at WREG.

"I wanna applaud Channel 3 with stepping up to the plate and employing some of our students."

"We consider this a youth violence prevention program."

Dr. Cheri Hoffman is the Memphis Summer Youth Ambassador to the White House.

She's aware of the challenges Memphis faces.

She spent the last few days looking at ways summer programs here in the Bluff City could utilize federal assets already in place.

"We're working to connect with different resources from the Treasury Department so that we can have financial training for the younger people," said Dr. Hoffman.

Right now 1,000 students can participate in MPLOY.

The goal is to eventually expand to 5,000.

It's a goal people in the community believe is crucial to cut crime.

"You see the crime rate is high and it's just June. Yeah, they need something to do."