Akron is looking to develop a plan to address the growing problem of youth violence within the city.
Ward 4 Councilman Russel Neal Jr says the city has to make better use of its recreation centers to serve the needs of young people.
"What we're planning to do is to set up youth advisory boards at each rec center," Neal said.
"They will be meeting with the council representative in that area and work closely with the managers of the rec centers so we are more in tune with what their needs are."
Neal proposed the student advisory committees meet once or twice a month to discuss the issues that they are concerned about.
Ward 4 Councilman Russel Neal Jr by Aaron Coleman
He says now is the time for young people to have a voice and openly discuss the social issues that are important to them.
"I know by us instituting a vehicle for young people to have a voice at the rec centers, we will have a better read on their concerns and needs because we'll be hearing from them directly."
The Ward 4 councilman says the city is currently re-evaluating the evening hours at the rec centers and expanding them to help teens and young adults address issues in their community.
Neal says in order to curb the violence, it has to be a collaborative effort .
He says with the help of local businesses, churches, and other groups, they can provide the necessary funding and resources necessary to make Akron's neighborhoods safer.