YAKIMA, Wash. - Local churches in Yakima organized a forum Saturday to discuss current issues before the Washington legislature at St. Paul's Cathedral.
Topics included the anti-gang bill and cuts in education. The event included panel discussions with teachers, administrators, students, and other community leaders.
David Hacker of Lutheran Public Policy Office helped to organize the event and says churches play an important role in finding practical solutions for these issues.
"We are seeking to support the most vulnerable in our community," he said. "[We] look for things that provide life."
The group also discussed how to reach out to students of color and improve the education gap.
Church leaders add they're working to create activities and encourage schools to help keep teens busy and engaged.