Gang awareness forum set for Tuesday
SALISBURY - The discussion that started in June about gang activity in the community will continue next week with the second half of a public forum called Communities at Risk.
Part of the Meet Your Neighbor forum series, Communities at Risk Part II will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Livingstone Tubman Little Theater at Livingstone College.
The June forum included an overview of various gangs operating in the community, the challenges of minimizing criminal activities promoted by gangs and how citizens can make a difference toward gang behavior.
The follow-up forum will focus on efforts to help families of gang members and families with vulnerable youth avoid the pressures of entry into a gang, as well as the challenges of exiting a gang.
The forum will be hosted by Dr. Jimmy Jenkins, president of Livingstone College. The panel will be moderated by Bishop Ronald Hash of Love Christian Center in East Spencer.
Panelists will include:
? Karen Carpenter, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau
? Carol Ann Houpe, director of student services for Rowan-Salisbury School System
? Richard Ballard, court service manager for Families First
? Dr. Windsor Eagle, retired principle of Salisbury High School
? Sgt. Todd Sides, Salisbury Police Department
? Talita McCain, community advocate
? Plus one or two college students formerly in gangs from other regions
Covenant Community Connection, a sub-group of Salisbury Rowan Human Relations Council, will sponsor the panel discussion and invites the community to attend and participate.