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Opinion

LAWRENCE HARMON

TenPoint needs younger leaders

The Boston TenPoint Coalition is a financially moribund organization on the verge of losing the services of its executive director, the Rev. Jeffrey Brown, when he steps down this spring. Still, the organization has no match when it comes to filling a room with the city’s best crime fighters. No one who is serious about reducing youth violence in Boston’s minority neighborhoods should write off this group of Christian clergy and lay leaders, just yet.

TenPoint’s monthly meeting in March is the high point of its calendar. That’s when the Boston Police gang unit, MBTA police, gang prosecutors, black ministers, street workers, social workers, school police, former gang members, and parents who lost children to street violence compare notes and try to identify trends that might lead to bloodshed in the spring and summer. Brown, who helped to found TenPoint in 1992, described the meeting as a chance to exchange “unvarnished information’’ and “check ideas with the street.’’

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