Keeping kids out of gangs
The Oklahoma City Police Department is fighting gangs by playing soccer. And they're doing it in South OKC, offering a free soccer clinic for kids when school is out.
Check out http://www.okcpal.org/. There, you'll find the website for the local Police Athletic League, and some information about free clinics in your area.
In the meantime, there are a few ways parents can help keep their kids safe, and out of gangs. And here are a few ideas to start with, found on lunaweb.com.
First, develop positive alternatives. Are there after-school and weekend activities kids can enjoy? Can the school offer its facilities? Can parents organize clubs or sports? Can older kids tutor or mentor younger ones? Can the kids themselves help with ideas?