Stopping the violence by getting involved: That was the message of community members who gathered Saturday to raise awareness about violence and crime among our young people.
Inspirational speakers and performances at Davenport Central High School were meant show kids positive outlets to spend their free time.
Educators say kids who have extracurricular activities after school are less likely to resort to crime.
The statistics show that crime is a problem among youth in our area. In the last year in Scott County alone, there were more than 1,700 crimes involving youth.
Theft was the most common crime, with 445 thefts committed by kids and teens. That was followed closely by assaults - 223 of them. And, 191 kids ended up in juvenile detention.
"We do have this issue in our community and once it leaves our school, there's nothing school officials can do about it, so that's why it's so important to have community, school and parent connection," explained Farrah Roberts, Iowa Safe and Supportive Schools grant manager.
City leaders say the crime rate has gone down in the last five years. But, programs like this one can help keep up that trend.