Youth Organizations Hope To Curb Springdale Gang Violence

SPRINGDALE — The city of Springdale is noticing a rise in gang violence, coming to a head after a series of shootings last week. That’s why the city is reaching out to youth organizations, asking them to help get kids off the streets and plugged in the community.

Gang affiliation often begins during a person’s teenage years and can spike into adulthood. So the city’s youth center wants to give kids an alternative lifestyle to follow and something to be a part of, bringing good to the community. New Springdale Parks and Recreation Director Bill Mock has worked with youth for nearly 30 years and he says gangs give kids a sense of belonging but he’s hoping youth organizations can fill that void.

“The basic thing that I’ve learned in life is that kids really just want to be a part of and want to be loved and given an opportunity,” said Bill Mock, Springdale Parks and Recreation Director.

Springdale police chief Kathy O’Kelley released a statement Saturday, encouraging parents to get their kids involved in sports, youth clubs and hobbies, as a way of combating gang-related violence.

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