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KINSTON, N.C. – A group of teenagers in Kinston hope to improve community dialogue and the city’s image.
They hosted their first “Teen Town Hall” at the Woodmen Community Center.
9 On Your Side has covered the youth advocacy group “Kinston Teens” since October.
Founder Chris Suggs created the group as a way to keep teens off the streets and invested in their community.
Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy, Kinston Public Safety Director Bill Johnson, Lenoir County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Mazingo and other school and county officials participated; it is the first time youth have had the chance to hold their leaders accountable.
“What you’re seeing right now are the future leaders of our community.” Mayor BJ Murphy said.
“I mean these kids really care about their community; they want to hold government accountable but at the same time they’re getting into the trenches and they’re rolling up their sleeves too.”
The group’s concerns were heard loud and clear. This town hall meeting will be followed up with sit downs with not only the Director of Public Safety, but lawmakers in Raleigh to address their concerns.
“I’m truly pleased about how this event turned out.” Kinston Teens President Chris Suggs said. “I think there’s nowhere else we can go but up.”
Follow the “Kinston Teens” on Twitter @KinstonTeens