yakima gang free initiative

City and YMCA Team Up To Combat Gang Growth
City leaders in Yakima are getting ready to implement the Gang Free Initiative, a program they hope will help reduce the number of gang members on the streets.
It is no secret, the gang problem is pretty bad in Yakima. In fact, it is an issue that local police are forced to deal with every day...
Yakima’s Gang Free Initiative Helping At-Risk Kids
There is strong response to Yakima's Gang Free Initiative. The GFI's executive director says there are now 25 at-risk kids being assessed for specialized services.
That is being done through the Yakima Police Athletic League.
Those kids will be connected with services like tutoring, mentorin…
Yakima’s YMCA Mentoring Program Changing Lives
The City of Yakima's Gang Free Initiative group is working closely with community partners like the YMCA to help curb gang violence. YMCA Executive Director Bob Romero says they hope to change lives through the Y's mentoring program. Romero says they want to pair adults with kids at Garfie…
Vandalism and Graffiti on Decline in Yakima
Yakima police say graffiti and other cases of vandalism are slowing down in the city. Police records show a 40 percent drop over the last four months. Lower level property crimes like graffiti, broken windows and other mischief fell from 151 incidents in March down to 94 so far this month...
Financial Support For Yakima Services
For more than a quarter century, Lily Yeh has spearheaded projects around the world that combine arts with other community building strategies in order to transform and revitalize cities as diverse as Korogochu, Nairobi, Salt Lake City, Utah, Damascus, Syria, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Bei…