USM given $750k for anti-gang initiative

A major grant that may help prevent some gang violence in the Hub City has been awarded to the University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work.

The $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Human Services will help fund the college's Family Network Partnership. The program is designed to steer at-risk youth ages 15 to 18 away from gang violence.

Officials say the grant money will help to fund staff members for the program.