You must somehow make them your ally, and co-partner to turn the situation
around. In fact, the best way I know to do this form experience is give a
BBQ this week-end and celebrate the fourth of July.
The key that unlocks the door is service. I used to live in Southern California and see the Armenian People at the park across the street from
NBC and they LOVE their BBQ just like us Americans. This is the number one
step in becoming a naturalized citizen I believe, is giving a good BBQ. As
a former Southerner, I am sure of it.
Keep your sense of humor, and realize as soon as you have hotdogs to offer those kids you will make them your friend. They are kids. They are bored, make
a hopscotch tournament with chalk on the sidewalk in your spare time some
week-end. Embrace them, it is the American Way. They are worth the effort,
I know you can turn this around. Hot day, the American way is offer them a
portable cooler full of popsicles for them and their friends.
Before you know it, balance and harmony will be back to your neighborhood.
Best of Luck
An Old Pro.