President Obama, Flint leaders address youth violence

The Genesee County Committee for Community Peace looks to stop violence in Flint at a lecture this Wednesday at UM Flint.

Speaking at the event was National Director of Cure Violence, Frank Perez.

Cure Violence is an initiative launched in Chicago that has successfully cut down on crime in one of the city's most violent neighborhoods.

Local law enforcement, U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee, former NBA player Mateen Cleaves and Flint Mayor Dayne Walling all attended to see if a similar model could work in Flint.

The event comes one day after Mayor Walling visited The White House and sat down with President Barack Obama and 17 mayors from other cities to discuss youth violence.

Mayor Walling said all the mayors agree that they are seeing an increase in violent crime among youth.

President Obama pledged better use of federal resources in cities where violence is prevalent.

"When we sat down he said I want to have a brainstorm with those of you who are on the front lines who are dealing with these challenges in our communities every day. He made it clear he wasn't going to announce an initiative or funding stream but that he was deeply concerned about these issues," said Walling.

Mayor Walling said President Obama said youth violence is a big priority for his administration over the next year.