Davenport’s mayor hopes to cut down on crime by connecting teens with jobs


Davenport’s mayor wants to connect local teenagers with jobs, but he hopes to do more than just get them employed.

More than 100 teens shows up at the JB Young Opportunity Center to find work from 30 vendors, including Davenport Police and Whitey’s Ice Cream.

Mayor Frank Klipsch said the fair could be step toward achieving one of th city’s goals: cutting down on juvenile crime. 

“We know we’ve had a lot of kids that are figuring out, ‘What do I do?’ and [we have to] make sure we find them with positive things to do,” Klipsch said. “We can’t just tell them, ‘Don’t do the bad things.’ We got to give them opportunities to find out what the good things are.”

The mayor has a second job fair planned for April 4 at North High School from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

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