Atlanta Police, Foundation backing new youth “diversion” center – Atlanta Journal Constitution

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A new youth center is coming to the English Avenue/Vine City area to help young people like Jarvis Davis stay out of trouble.

By age 17, Davis had served more than three years in juvenile detention for armed robbery and aggravated assault. He was a gang member and spent his middle school years hanging out on street corners instead of going to class.

But on Wednesday, Davis, now 21, helped city leaders, including Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Young, break ground on the At-Promise Youth Center, a 17,000-square-foot youth center on Cameron Alexander Boulevard.

“I tell everybody when I go out of town, ‘Atlanta is the second chance city,’” said Jarvis, who now works as a mentor for the Atlanta Police Department.

The youth center is the latest…

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