Parents of Latino students from six local elementary and middle schools met Thursday at E.K. Powe Elementary for the monthly Enlaces parent meeting. This month’s topic was gang prevention. Outside experts came to speak, including a Durham sheriff and his wife. The parents voiced concerns about children joining gangs, and the speakers discussed strategies for preventing gang violence. Meanwhile, the children learned about emergency readiness from Duke students participating in Duke Medical Brigades.
Enlaces, a program of the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, serves Latino students in grades 4 through 7 at six local public schools. The program works to build students’ protective factors to resist risky behavior, and coordinators work with parents to help them advocate for their children and navigate the school system.