FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-Reducing violence and emphasizing the importance of education and employment. That's the goal of the TenPoint Coalition, and Fort Wayne wants to be a part of it.
"The first step is identifying the problem, getting the background of the problem is and then creating solutions," said Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.
The homicide rate and violence is high in the Summit City, and Mayor Tom Henry says something needs to be done about it.
"We can do better as a community."
The TenPoint Coalition was started in Indianapolis in 1999, and uses strategies in high-risk neighborhoods to bring down the number of homicides.
"Four neighborhoods that we have been in and each of those neighborhoods have experienced 2 years without any young man of color being killed by gun violence," said Reverend Dr. Charles Harrison, TenPoint Coalition.
Wednesday, business leaders, Fort Wayne United, Attorney General Curtis Hill and Reverend Dr. Charles Harrison came together to discuss Fort Wayne's next steps in improving the lives of youth, families, and the people who live in neighborhoods where violence is a problem.
"We go looking for them, so we go looking for those who involved in the trouble in the neighborhood and we go during the hours that they are out. In Indianapolis we go out from 8pm to 12 am to 1 in the morning," said Harrison.
This is the area, the Oxford neighborhood where the coalition may focus on. What strategies do they hope to implement?
"We're using OGs and pastors to engage young men who are most likely to be the victims and perpetrators of violent crimes," said Harrison.
Solomon Elijah who lives in the oxford neighborhood says the coalition is exactly what it needs.
"This is group coming here, doing this and adding to Fort Wayne community will be a big asset to the community, " said Elijah.
The coalition is still collecting data to determine what crimes are most prevalent in the area.
"The measurements that we're hoping to gather will tell us how many people we need per neighborhood and what time they'll be working and how many hours they'll work and services they need to work on," said Iric Headley, Fort Wayne UNITED Director.
Wednesday, Trinity English Lutheran Church became the first financial partner to join with Fort Wayne UNITED by committing to contribute $10,000 a year for three years in grant funding.
Fort Wayne UNITED hopes to begin the program before the end of the year.