Coleman Year In Review - Part 4
In his State of the City speech earlier this year, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman announced plans to create a program called YouthFirst,designed to engage in the lives of young people through sports, leadership, and anti-violence efforts.
It came on top of one he announced a year earlier called the APPS program, designed to reduce the number of young people involved in gang activity. Coleman this year also began holding a series of public forums on education, sparked by the Columbus City Schools attendance data-fixing scandal that led Superintendent Gene Harris to announce her retirement at the end of this school year. In the final installment of our end of the year interview with the Mayor, he discusses the school reform effort, and says his APPS program has played a role in what the FBI says was a reduction in Columbus' violent crime rate this year.