ALDERMAN & COMMUNITY RISE TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH
(9/28/2007) Morehead Prepares to Take 15 Dixwell Teens to Six Flags
NEW HAVEN- Reducing crime and increasing the impact of community policing in New Haven has been one of the City’s top priorities this year. In an effort to curb youth violence, at a press conference in June, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. urged the community to find ways in which they could contribute toward creating options and new paths for at-risk youth. Alderman Greg Morehead (D-22) was present at that press conference and challenged residents of his ward to take the time to stop and talk to teens, mentor them and lend a helping hand.
Answering the challenge he gave his residents this summer, Morehead is taking 15 teens from his ward to Six Flags New England tomorrow. Over the past week Morehead has engaged community leaders and residents in a fundraising campaign to cover the expenses of a transportation, meals and entry into the park for the Six Flags adventure.
“When I first was elected to my Aldermanic position in April, I went around in my Ward introducing myself talking to various teens,” said Morehead. “I saw a bunch of teenagers in front of the former "Q" house on bicycles. I asked them what they wanted to see or do in the Ward. The response that I got from them surprised me because they didn't ask for a new youth center or something of that magnitude, but 95% said, they wanted to see things beyond New Haven, go on a trip. I promised to make that happen before year’s end.”
“I think what Alderman Morehead is doing is needed,” said DeStefano. “It’s important that we all work together to mentor our youth and guide them in the right direction. We need more of the community to step up and be willing to make themselves available to youth so we can create a culture of unity and respect.”
The teens are excited about the trip and looking forward to exploring new opportunities. “This is important to us,” said one of the teens, JR. “Sometimes we just need to be able to get away from our surroundings for a little while to think and to see that there’s more out there than just what’s familiar to us. We need to know that there are other things out there and that there are people out there who care about us.”
“When we take some of these kids out of their immediate surroundings for a day and get them around other people that care about them, their situations start to change for the better,” said Morehead.” Morehead and the teens leave for Six Flags tomorrow morning.
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