February 15, 2012
Several organizations attended a forum Wednesday designed to raise awareness about gang activity in the Charlottesville area.
Women United in Philanthropy hosted the event at the Omni Hotel on the Downtown Mall. Representatives of Safe Schools, Healthy Students and the Commission on Children and Families presented a plan to combat increased gang activity in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
Women United in Philanthropy says ending the spread of gangs starts with children.
"The takeaway is what attracts kids to be members of gangs and what we as a community can do to keep kids from joining gangs," said Robin Amato. "And to have other interests for them to do besides looking for gangs to be members of."
While gangs are not a major issue in the Charlottesville area right now, organizers say it's important to take action before things get out of hand.
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