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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - In Youngstown, it takes a village to keep young people on the straight and narrow.

And it's events like a youth basketball tournament that give the city's youth an alternative to crime and violence.

On Friday, the city kicked off its summer Community Initiative to Reduce Violence, or C.I.R.V. program.

Sports and other events will be scheduled after the school year ends.

"I feel like with these new programs it provides a new loophole for a young adult to escape the violence or other conflicts that might come up in their life," said Roosevelt Simmons, Summit Academy.

The initiative is a partnership with law enforcement, the parks and recreation department, the faith based community and the school district.

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