Combating and discouraging gang activity and participation by Lincoln's youth is the focus of the free "Connect the Hood" event from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5 at the "F" Street Recreation Center, 1225 "F" St. The event is sponsored by Operation Tipping Point, a collaboration of more than 20 community groups. "Connect the Hood" will showcase community organizations that provide resources to families during the summer. The event also includes food, fun activities for children, prizes and Police and Fire displays.
Operation Tipping Point provides youth ages 11 through 15 with alternatives to gang involvement through mentoring and positive, productive activities. One of the organizations involved in the Lincoln Police Department (LPD), which employs a full-time gang outreach specialist funded through a grant from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Human Services Office. Other partners include The Bay, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln-Lancaster County, Lincoln Public Schools, CEDARS Youth Services and YMCA of Lincoln.
More information on "Connect the Hood" and other LPD community events is available at police.lincoln.ne.gov (click on "community events" from list on the left).