Institute for Child and Family Health and the Youth Gang Resource Center
Presents 7th Annual Gang Summit
Summit to Promote Collaboration In Combating Local Gangs
Miami, FL – October 16, 2010 – Institute for Child and Family Health (ICFH), a non-profit organization that offers prevention and treatment programs for children and families in Miami-Dade County and Youth Gang Resource Center (YGRC) held its 7th Annual Gang Summit. It took place on September 22, 2010 at Signature Gardens, 12725 SW 122nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33186, from 9 am to 2:30 pm. The summit offered a variety of work sessions focused on combating gangs on all fronts with prevention, intervention and suppression programs.
“Gang violence cannot be resolved by the police alone,” said Javier A. Camacho, MS, Community Liaison, of the Young Gang Resource Center at the Institute for Child & Family health, “we need community-level support to fight our gang problem.”
The goal of the Annual Gang Summit, funded through the Dade-Miami Criminal Justice Council is to provide our communities with a forum for education and resources in order to prevent and intervene in local gang violence. The Gang Summit brings together the many partners in our community who focus on the issues of gang violence.
Gangs and gang related violence is no stranger to South Florida, which is host to approximately 7,500 gang members and 200 different gangs. An indication that gangs are growing more violent is the recent eight drive by shootings that took place in Kendall involving assault rifles and one of those resulted in a homicide.
The Institute for Child and Family Health (ICFH) is a private, not-for-profit organization that has been providing health, behavioral health, educational and prevention services to the children, adolescents and families of Miami-Dade County for over 60 years. It is one of the oldest and largest community health centers exclusively dedicated to the well being of children and families in the state of Florida. ICFH serves over 40,000 children, adolescents, and families per year. For more information about ICFH, visit www.icfhinc.org. Become a fan on Facebook and on Twitter to receive latest news.
About the Youth Gang Resource Center
Youth Gang Resource Center focuses on collecting and disseminating all available information on gangs in order to ease the burden of law enforcement in solely addressing the gang issue in Miami-Dade County. The Youth Gang Resource Center provides education and community awareness concerning gangs, provide training about local gangs for youth workers and social service providers, seek new gang funding for itself and other local entities, and advocate for gang prevention/intervention related services. The Center is the central source of information on all current initiatives taking place that address youth gangs, and makes available information regarding gangs to all community members in the form of educational materials and staff presentations.