Citywide event this weekend aims to reduce crime, bring Youngstown community together

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – This weekend, four anti-crime rallies will take place simultaneously throughout the city of Youngstown to promote safer communities.

The free event coincides with the conclusion of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

While there will be tons of fun activities for families to enjoy, organizers hope those who attend find a deeper meaning in the event and walk away inspired to help and get to know their neighbors.

“That’s the main focus point, to bring people together in a positive atmosphere, and that will reduce crime because when you see that people care, it makes all the difference in the world,” said Francine Vazquez, a board member for Youngstown: A Crime Free Zone.

The four rally locations, one on each side of Youngstown, for Saturday’s event are Harding Elementary, Taft Elementary, McGuffey Elementary and East High School.

A few of the speakers will be Vondale Eugene Singleton, Sr., founder of C.H.A.M.P.S., a Chicago-based mentoring program for young men, Jose Morales, Sr., a former Youngstown Police Department detective and George Spencer, president of the Greater Pittsburgh Area MAD DADS.

The rally runs from 1-3 p.m. and will also include informational activities, games, food, an appearance from McGruff the Crime Dog and an art contest.

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