FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- There is an outcry for change across the nation when it comes to violence, especially among the black community. There's no difference in the state of Indiana. The Violence Policy Center reports that most homicide victims are males less than eighteen years old.
"The more we hear about it, I mean just like the most recent one where the 14 year old was accidently killed, it's heartbreaking,"said Nasim Walker of Flip This City.
While battling drug abuse, violence is also high on the list of things the government is trying to fix.
Right here in Fort Wayne, there are some organizations that are already making strides toward protecting at-risk black males and youth.
"We've recently talked about getting with some other organizations, and try to get these kids something else to do so they are busy so they are not out here and hopefully we can save one life," she added.
Fort Wayne United's mission is to ensure equality and opportunity for black men and boys. The director said the stats show there's still work to do.
"To know that young black males are losing their lives at a disportionate level, and that we're still on top of that chart is pretty damaging to all of us, but it hurts to know that families are suffering at that level," said Iric Headley, who serves as the director of Fort Wayne United.
Headley said the key is not just keeping busy, but having a form of engagement--such as Fort Wayne United's late night basketball program.
"We allow young black males to play basketball from 8 to 11pm, and we introduce them to opportunities we believe will help them make good choices,"he said.
Both said providing opportunities and giving different perspectives effectively changes the outlook of those affected.
"It shows that our efforts are needed and that our initiative is needed. [Having] a community to come together is needed now more than ever," he added.
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