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Mentors help boys mature into men

A new program called "Boys to Men" will encourage change among youth in the Moultrie community. A new program called "Boys to Men" will encourage change among youth in the Moultrie community.
The group's founders said recent crime in the city proves that young kids need mentors. The group's founders said recent crime in the city proves that young kids need mentors.
Cornelius Ponder Cornelius Ponder
George Wallace George Wallace
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

Men in Moultrie are coming together to encourage change among youth in the community. 

"As long as we can save some, that to me will be a blessing," said George Wallace, co-founder of a new program called "Boys to Men."

The program will mentor kids surrounded by a culture filled with crime.

The founders said this is especially important now, after three recent shootings involving suspects in their teens. 

The founders of Boys to Men said kids need positive role models now more than ever. 

"It's real scary," said Wallace. "You don't know if your child leaves home, if he's going to come back. Or if you're going to get a call on the phone saying, 'Your child's been shot.'"

In broad daylight, police responded to three shootings within a month's time.

Ryshaun Bigelow, 23, and Fatisha Annette Clark, 33, were killed.

Investigators believe young men in their teens or early 20s were involved in the crimes.

"It's a terrible feeling to know this is where our children stand," said CEO Cornelius Ponder.

So to see change, Ponder and Wallace want to be the change.

A facility on West Central Avenue, only two blocks from where a recent shooting took place, will soon be used to mentor at-risk boys.

"I'm not the only person who wants change. The whole community wants change because these are our youngsters," Wallace said. "These are the people that are going to have to take care of us when we get old."

After school programs and health and wellness programs will incorporate life lessons to give kids the mindset that a good life is possible if they stay on the right track. 

"I'm trying to help them change these kids' lives and give them the opportunity to look for something better than just the streets is a privilege to me," said Wallace. 

The group runs solely of donations. You can donate by visiting gofund.me/greaterinspiration.

They need volunteers to mentor the young boys as well.  Contact 229-668-0284 if you'd like to volunteer. 

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