Good News: New anti-gang initiative

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Starting a movement to lead young people in Savannah down the right path.

The Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club introduced a new anti-gang initiative on Wednesday, presenting the program to members of the community and community leaders.

The key to "Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach'' will be to have all areas of the community engaged in directing children into positive activities such as those offered at the Callen Club and lead them away from gang involvement.

Ike McBride, of the Worchester, Massachusetts Boys & Girls Club spoke to Wednesday's gathering about anti-gang measures taken in that city that could also work here.

"It's ongoing, it can't stop. Once you start it you have to see it through. And then the biggest point about that is just being able to build relationships with young people. keep young people busy and connected," Ike said.

"Right now, we're looking to engage lots of partners to include not only the Boys and Girls Club but the city of Savannah, our recreation department, the police department, housing department, the board of education. So, we've got a whole group that we're mobilizing to address this issue," Vincent DelMonte, with the Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club.

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department will work closely with the Callen Club on this new initiative.

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