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Senate approves more funds for measures against youth violence


The Berlin Senate has increased the funding for a package of measures against youth violence adopted at the beginning of the year in response to the New Year's Eve riots.

As Senator for Youth and Education Katharina Günther-Wünsch (CDU) announced on Tuesday, around 107 million euros have now been made available for this purpose until 2025 - instead of the 90 million euros initially planned. According to the senator, these funds will be used primarily to stabilize tried and tested local projects and expand them to the entire city. Money will be used, for example, to expand social work at daycare centers and schools, especially in socially disadvantaged neighborhoods. Inn addition, family centers are to be established at 16 elementary schools.

Plans for more educational offers for young people

The plans also include educational offers allowing young people to catch up on their school-leaving qualifications. Furthermore, the District Mothers project, which offers a wide range of advice for families, will be expanded, as will the social work with fathers and men. Workshops for young people teaching them respect for firefighters, who were massively attacked in some parts of the city on New Year's Eve, are planned as well. As part of the package of measures, positions for seven additional public prosecutors will be created. As Günther-Wünsch explained, 18.4 million euros are available for this year. In 2024 and 2025, a total of 88.3 million euros will be made available. Around five million euros of the funds for this year have so far been distributed to the districts.

Author: dpa/
Publication date: 23 August 2023
Last updated: 23 August 2023

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