Mentoring Youth to Prevent Crime - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Mentoring Youth to Prevent Crime

Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Local artists auction work to benefit Albany Humane Society

    Local artists auction work to benefit Albany Humane Society

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:07 AM EDT2014-09-16 08:07:28 GMT
    Animal lovers can give back to the Albany Humane Society in a very unique way. Local artists will be auctioning off their work to benefit the non-profit organization through Artists for Animals. More >>
    Animal lovers can give back to the Albany Humane Society in a very unique way. Local artists will be auctioning off their work to benefit the non-profit organization through Artists for Animals. 
    More >>
  • Worth County is Camera Ready

    Worth County is Camera Ready

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:56 GMT
    Karen Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive DirectorKaren Rackley, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
    Every county in Georgia is now camera ready.Worth County is one of the final 20 counties that just earned the designation meant to show television and movie producers that local communities are able and willing to help them. More >>
  • Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Sylvester city departments remain without phone service

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:50:33 GMT
    Bill Yearta, Mayor of SylvesterBill Yearta, Mayor of Sylvester
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>
    All city departments in Sylvester remain without phone service. The phone system went down on Monday at Sylvester City Hall and the police, fire, and public works departments.More >>

November 28, 2007

Albany - - Community leaders say we can prevent crime and violence by reaching out to young people before they get on the wrong path. A group of professional men are giving their time to help kids and Take Back our Neighborhoods. 

Dvonte Bowie is just like any fourteen year old. He loves shooting hoops, and when he's not doing that...

"Mostly at the house playing video games, watching TV, stuff like that."

'Stuff' that will keep him out of trouble. 

Wednesday, Bowie decided to take part in a new mentoring group at Merry Acres Middle School to expose students like him to professional men in the community.

"What they can get from us so they can become better citizens," says Jesse Harris with 100 Black Men.

The volunteers vow to do this once a week.

Lately there have been calls from community leaders for more programs like this. Members of 100 Black Men feel they can reach these young boys before its too late.

"What we found in the area of middle schools, we found the kids needed more help because by the time they get to high school, its usually too late," Harris says.

They have some real talk, about real issues.

"Sex choices, smoking, drinking, gangs, all of that," says 13 year old Ernest Miller.

"Those are the kinds of things we actually want to talk about. We try to bring to their attention...what are the things are their minds, what things involve them and what can we do about it," Harris adds.

So they can see their full potential.

Bowie says he'll be back.

"It was pretty fun for being my first time," he said.

And he can take what he learned the next time he heads to the basketball court. 

This is the first time the 100 Black Men group has mentored at Merry Acres. For the past two years, they worked with teenagers at Albany Middle.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=mentoring/bs