Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Youths Lack Place To 'Hang Out,' Group Says.

Byline: Jennifer Archibeque Journal Staff Writer

It's only natural for middle-school-aged children to want to "hang out" with their friends after school, say members of the East Mountain Health and Prevention Coalition.

But East Mountains youths need a place to go so they don't dart back and forth across old Route 66 or loiter and shoplift at local businesses in the Tijeras area. Those were among the problems noted at a coalition meeting on Feb. 1.

The East Mountain Health and Prevention Coalition is funded through a grant from the New Mexico Department of Health and is part of the outreach program at Talking Talons Youth Leadership in Tijeras.

For the past three months, coalition members have been discussing how to give unsupervised youths, especially middle schoolers from Roosevelt Middle School in Tijeras, something to do after school. …

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