By Natalie Zarowny
Multiple groups, right here in the Quad Cities, focus specifically on preventing young people from turning to a life of crime.
"We're here very simply to expand opportunity," said Reverend Dwight Ford, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.
The Martin Luther King Junior Center is right in the middle of one of Rock Island's most blighted areas, just blocks away from Wednesday's deadly daytime shooting.
"Whenever a tragic occurrence like this happens there should be a sense of introspection, a sense of reflection, are we doing enough?" said Reverend Ford.
Director Reverend Dwight Ford said the center's job is to prevent incidents like what happened Wednesday.
At the MLK Center, they do that with after school programs, young adult job and resume planning, and by hiring teens.
"We see the great potential that they have within and we remind them of that potential greatness every day," said Reverend Ford.
Just a couple miles away in Moline, the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley is doing their own work.
"After school we provide a structure environment for our youth to take part in," said Tim Tolliver, executive director of the Mississippi Valley.
Homework help, and structured free time are just some of their strategies.
"There's a slogan it says, after school do you know where your children are at? And that's a very good question," said Tolliver.
So how can you help at risk youth?
Both men said volunteering is a great way.
And of course monetary donations are always welcome.
But most of all, watch for someone in need, who may not be lucky enough to have family support.
"If you see that this young man is in need, someone should take up the cause, and I just really feel that way," said Tolliver.