Gangs are not just a big city problem. They've also moved to the suburbs. School districts in suburban King County report escalating problems with gangs and associated violence, drugs and crime. It's a threat to everyone who lives in those communities. And it's also a tragic waste of potential for the youth who become caught up in a world where their futures and their very lives are at risk. As the future leaders of our society, these youth deserve every opportunity to succeed.
The Center for Children & Youth Justice recognized the challenges of gang activity and created the Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs in 2011. Because no community is equipped to effectively reduce gang and youth violence alone, CCYJ brought together schools, law enforcement, policymakers, social service providers and other organizations to develop a coordinated and innovative approach to prevent violence, save lives and change the future for our communities.
Read a general fact sheet about the Council.
View PowerPoint slides from a community presentation, Kids, Communities and Gangs.
If you would like to schedule a community presentation, please email Anica Stieve or call her at 206-696-7503, ext. 20.
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