DETROIT -

Detroit has received a $1.5 million grant for its program in its fight to prevent youth violence.

Mayor Dave Bing made the announcement on Thursday while members from the justice and education departments were in town.  They were getting a progress report on the initiative.

"My administration also understands that crime and youth violence is not the only threat to public safety, which is why we sought funding to address blight in the city and other infrastructure improvements, especially public lighting," said Bing.

The program works with the faith-based community, educators and local businesses to provide programs for young people, in hope of keeping them out of trouble.

"We can never do enough to protect our children but we won't let that stop us from trying and working to do everything we can to not only protect them, but to redirect them away from crime and provide them with a more hopeful future," said Bing.

The youth violence prevention initiative is funded by the federal government.