Community safety isn’t just about the police, or about Block Watches. It’s also about individual community members, of all ages. Youth leaders included. As part of the city’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, one of its partner agencies, West Seattle-based Southwest Youth and Family Services presented a gathering on Wednesday afternoon at High Point Community Center.
It involved ideas, and suggestions, and youth leaders – like 19-year-old Marquese Sykes, who told us in this short clip what the gathering was about:
What happened last night was just a start – committees were being set up, with participants invited to decide which ones they’d join, and what they wanted to do:
Before the night’s end, names were to be added to each of those committees – and then, the next round of work would begin.