Gang violence concerns prompt "Summer of Safety" flag football game, open mic night

In June, as concerns about gun violence cropped up in the wake of several high-profile shootings, state Senator Michael Johnston co-hosted a meeting at the northeast Park Hill office space he shares with the Prodigal Son Initiative, an anti-gang organization. The attendees, which included city officials, youth nonprofit leaders and regular citizens, came up with a goal: to put together a calendar of positive events for youth in order to divert them from trouble.
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