Community leaders talked to a large crowd about increasing gang violence and youth gang initiations in Columbia .
During the forum many people wanted to know what they can do to help keep their children out of gangs. Ron Felder was one of the forum leaders and he encouraged the community to come together.
"These kids are losing their lives not only by death, but by spending a lot of time in jail and it is a fight for the citizens of Columbia along with the police, faith based organizations and different community leaders. We all need to join in together for this fight."
The city of Columbia has an assessment of youth and gang violence online at their website www.columbiasc.net.