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Yakima County receives $100,000 grant for gang program

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Washington state officials award $100,000 to the Yakima County Juvenile Department to help out its gang resistance and intervention program.

The goal is to keep kids from joining gangs and also give gang members a way out of the lifestyle. The money will go toward hiring a new gang intervention specialist for the county and starting resource centers in Yakima, Toppenish, and Sunnyside.

"I think it shows that the people outside of our community are saying there's some good things going on in Yakima, in terms of prevention and intervention for young kids involved in gangs," says Yakima County Court Administrator Harold Delia.

Yakima County also got a grant for nearly $70,000 a few months ago. They're also in the running for a federal grant that would give the program $1.5 million over the next three years.