A night of peace and promise on Drew Street: Drew Street in Glassell Park is often associated with gang shoot outs and well publicized police raids. Tonight, however, it will be the scene of a holiday posada organized by a coalition to keep kids and young people out of gangs. The Neighborhood Posada at Juntos Park will feature a procession as well as pinatas and refreshments for residents. The event is organized by a group of public and private groups, ranging from Aztecs Rising and Childrens Hosptial to the Glassell Park Neighborhood Council and Victory Outreach church. It’s a show of unity and peace. But residents can do much more in the coming months if they want to help reduce gang violence.

Julio Paz, a social worker with the city’s Northeast Gang Reduction and Youth Development project, said the program is looking for volunteers as it expands two new locations: Irving Middle School in Glassell Park and Nightingale Middle School in Cypress Park. Volunteers are needed to help support the programs mentoring, counseling, arts and recreation programs.

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