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Helping young boys grow into Men of Distinction

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Crime is up and the age of criminals is down. Police report catching burglars in Albany as young as 12.

A new program at one Albany school is designed to give youngsters positive influences from an early age.

The YMCA rolled out a initiative at Martin Luther King Elementary School. It's the Men of Distinction Program.

Forty young men will spend most of their afternoon at the school Studying and participating in wellness activities.

10-year-old Khalid Haines says he likes the structured environment and would not study as much or be getting exercise if not for the program.

"I would be laying on my bed playing video games, or looking at TV and watching movies," said Khalid Haines, 4th Grader.

The YMCA secured a grant from the Department of juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for $75,000 to conduct the program this year.

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