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Idle Time: Creating a Safer Summer for Indiana Kids

PHOTO: During two forums this week, Indiana organizations and agencies will share information about programs and resources for kids and young adults to promote safety and positive development. Photo credit: Mary R. Vogt/Morguefile.
PHOTO: During two forums this week, Indiana organizations and agencies will share information about programs and resources for kids and young adults to promote safety and positive development. Photo credit: Mary R. Vogt/Morguefile.
June 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS - Community leaders in Indiana are coming together this summer to encourage young people to make healthy and safe choices during their time away from school.

The first of two public forums is being held Tuesday in Indianapolis to discuss ways to offer opportunities that can steer kids away from crime and violence.

One of the organizations involved is the Ten Point Coalition, which works with high-risk youth in Indianapolis. Reverend Charles Harrison, senior pastor at Barnes United Methodist Church and Ten Point Coalition Indianapolis board president, says kids need activities to help keep them out of trouble.

"June, July and August are what we call the 'trauma months,'" says Harrison. "You normally see an escalation in violence in shootings, homicides, robberies and break-ins."

He says there is a need for more jobs for young people, as well as activities during both day and evening hours. At the forums, Harrison will discuss the Ten Point Coalition's work to engage kids through faith walks and neighborhood patrols, and leaders from the Northeast Center District will have details on its neighborhood liaison program.

Harrison says many organizations, churches and youth agencies are working to engage kids, who often aren't aware of the opportunities available. He adds that communities need to work together to address the instability, drugs and unemployment that contribute to youth violence.

"In light of what we see going on across the country and the rise in violence, particularly in urban neighborhoods, I think it will be important for us to form a collaboration," he says. "We need to make sure our kids this summer are not idle."

The Tuesday forum will be held at Gleaners Food Bank. A forum on Wednesday will be held at McKenzie Career Center, also in Indianapolis.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IN