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INDIANAPOLIS  (JUNE 2,2015)- Community leaders will gather this week to talk about ways to keep kids safe in Indianapolis this summer.

There’s often an increase in youth violence when students are out of school and have extra time on their hands.

The Indiana Youth Institute is hosting two community forums this week to gather information about different opportunities for teens in Indianapolis during the summer months.

Local churches, community groups, and a representative from the mayor’s office will speak at the meeting.

Some of the topics expected to be addressed include identifying free summer programs in the city and also letting parents know about free meal sites where their children can eat breakfast and lunch.

Employment opportunities for teens will also be discussed.

Rev. Charles Harrison, president of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition and one of the featured speakers at the community forum, says teens need to keep busy while out of school for the summer.

“What we’re seeing across the country, too many kids getting killed. We want to make sure that kids are doing positive things rather than negative things,” said Harrison.

There is still time to register for the second community forum on Wednesday, June 3.

It will run from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at the McKenzi Career Center, on the city’s northeast side.

To register click here.