Policy makers, community leaders and activists now acknowledge Seattle’s gang problem is at its worst in many years. So far the response from our community has overwhelmingly focused on crime & punishment but history shows stepped up policing is only a part of the solution.
It is clear we have taken our eye off the ball: fostering opportunities for positive youth activity, healthy socialization and a sense of community.
In the vacuum of these positive opportunities, the gang culture has been unchallenged in its ability to take root. Recently, the epicenter of the violence has been within and adjacent to the borders of the Leschi neighborhood.
Larry Evans, an aide to Metropolitan King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, has worked as a case manager with the Team for Youth program and as a gang-intervention specialist. He will share his experiences and his insights at LCC’s forum on March 4th to help the community become more effective in addressing the challenges that our youth are facing.
By answering President Obama’s call to renewed service, so too can the sustainable solutions to this community-wide crisis be said to lie within our borders.
Come learn what we all can do to ensure our young people have more numerous and more positive alternatives to gangs.
Leschi Community Council Forum – Central Area Senior Center – 500 30th Ave So. 7:30-9:00