The Yakima City Council gave thumbs up to a plan to combat gangs in the city. On Tuesday, the council held a study session to talk about the city gang free initiative. It is a plan that city officials hope will help steer young people away from gangs by using a variety of programs and services that help struggling kids in the valley who may be thinking of joining a gang. The council voted to support the program. City officials hope to help upwards of 300 stay away from gangs by the end of next year.