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Summer soccer program aimed at gang and drug prevention

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OUTLOOK, Wash- As the school year comes to an end, some areas are expecting to see an increase in gang activity. In many cases communities find themselves with young people who a lot of time on their hands and not many people watching how they spend that time. 

The community group "Stand Up for Outlook" is partnering with Outlook Elementary to put on a free soccer camp during the weeks between the regular school session and summer school.  The program focuses on creating a safe and productive environment for the elementary school children.  Organizers say that age is crucial for gang and drug intervention and students are excited to have something fun to do this summer.

"We're learning that kids are getting by middle school they're already doing all of the things, drugs, alcohol, and gangs", says Petra Morales, coordinator for "Stand up for Outlook".

The soccer camp is just the latest in a series of events organized by "Stand up for Outlook."  They've also put on graffiti clean-ups and a basketball camp.  The soccer camp is June 13 through the 15th from 9 until 3.  The registration deadline is June Ninth.  Morales says the program still needs more volunteer coaches.  For more information contact Petra Morales at 509-837-3352.