Brooklyn Park experienced high crime rates in the late 2000s, but with the creation of the The Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth and the Zanewood Recreation Center, the city is experiencing all time lows. “And we’re three times as diverse,” says Mayor Lunde, so the notion that “diversity causes crime, it’s simply factually incorrect.” The Alliance coordinates action-based teams with staff from schools, cities, county and community colleges to change policies, develop new action, and work together to build resources. A focus of the organization is to prepare youth for positions of leadership for personal and community vitality through opportunities like Motivation Youth Festival, Youth in City Government Day, and Brooklyns Youth Council. Located near the City Hall, Library, and Shingle Creek Regional Trail, a popular pedestrian and bicycle corridor, the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth is knit into the community fabric.