Summer Youth Program Participants Honored

7 Eyewitness News Staff

JACKSON, Tenn.-More participants of the mayors' Summer 2012 Gang Prevention Initiative were recognized during a celebration, Friday.

22 kids, ages 12 to 14 took part in the month-long summer youth program at Jackson State Community College.

The kids joined in a celebration during a reception for the successful completion of the program that included classes on conflict resolution and core subjects needed to be successful in school.

Judge Christy Little said the program will help guide young people.

"The goal of this was to keep them busy this summer and make certain that we provided them the tools they need to stay out of gangs, to stay off drugs and to be productive citizens," said Madison County Juvenile Court Judge Christy Little.

The classes at Jackson State were part of Mayor Jerry Gist's efforts to keep kids out of gangs.


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