Mt. Vernon native, city leaders call on role models to show up for city's youth and help curb violence
A Mount Vernon native and city leaders are stepping up efforts to help get more resources for kids following the death of 16-year-old Kayla Green.
Aisha McShaw, a fashion designer, is the founder of the youth program Self Love is Revolutionary. McShaw is calling on the community to do more for the kids.
"I'm calling on all the natives in Mount Vernon that can help me find recourses for these kids," says McShaw.
Green was fatally stabbed last week following the citywide celebration for the state champion boys basketball team. Her friend was also injured in the attack. A 15-year-old is facing multiple charges in connection with the fatal stabbing.
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McShaw is partnering with community leaders in an effort to prevent more tragedies.
"We want to make sure that the village that raised us is the village that is coming back as well to raise them," says Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard.
The city wants the new effort to challenge role models to show up for the kids.
"We are challenging everyone to give a minimum of one hour a week -- one hour to read to children, one hour to just hang out and speak encouraging things," says Patterson-Howard.
News 12 is told that National Action Network will come together to assist in paying for Green's funeral costs.