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February 28, 2008

Albany -- Albany's Gang Task Force will now sponsor youth activities on Friday and Saturday nights to keep young people off the streets.

The Totally Teen Zone will start in mid-March at Albany Recreation and Parks Department facilities. The first event will be at Thornton Community Center March 14th. Another event will follow the next night at either the Henderson or Bill Miller Gym.

The goal is to help keep 11 to 17-year olds away from gangs. Suzanne Davis, Director Albany Recreation and Parks, said  "through recreation programs that are inclusive, that offer many different elements, we can really attract that 11 to 17 population. And have an effect on gangs, crime, violence."

Davis said several groups are helping organize the activities, but they need more volunteers. If you want to help, call the Albany Recreation Department.

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