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Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland provides safe space for youth in world full of violent challenges

Posted at 9:14 AM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 09:14:05-05

The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland continues to provide a safe space for kids as the world around them often presents violent challenges.

"There’s an epidemic in this country of people willing to use guns,” said Ron Soeder, the President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland. 

“We see pictures of kids, 15, 16 years old with these weapons. They were only created to kill. Before you can educate a person, you've got to make sure they've got something in their belly," he said.

Soeder said he began working with the Boys and Girls Club in 2006, and at the time he wasn’t aware of Cleveland’s gun violence epidemic.

Since then, he said at least 50 members have died at the hands of violence.

Soeder encourages people to help this epidemic by getting involved with volunteering. He says it will take everyone to stop this epidemic.