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 Garfield and Barge-Lincoln schools and hold on site activities. The program is expected to be running later this year. The Yakima YMCA is one of many partners with the city gang free initiative, a plan to help curb gang membership and violence in the City of Yakima.

Contact the YMCA today to get involved.