Another mentor hired to help keep kids out of gangs

Another mentor hired to help keep kids out of gangs

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- A four-month program is bringing in more kids that are in gangs or at risk to be in gangs.

A new youth outreach worker was hired allowing the program to take 53 more students. The program mentors kids from ten to 18-years-old.

If students aren't doing well they will continue to get more counseling.

Youth Outreach workers are partnering with the Gang Free Initiative.

There are a total of four outreach workers in Yakima, Toppenish and Sunnyside.

"I see the difference between the bad choices I was making and they're better so yeah it makes a big difference," said Stevee Jo Rodriguez who participates in the program.

Currently there's a total of 68 students enrolled in the Gang Intervention program.