Police, schools and clergy form initiative to help at-risk youth

DeKalb County clergymen are partnering with Police Chief Cedric Alexander and the DeKalb County School District to enhance after-school programs for at-risk youth. Photo by Daniel Beauregard

DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander announced an initiative Aug. 29 between the police department, the DeKalb County School District and metro-Atlanta clergy members to help at-risk youth in the community.

Alexander, who is leading the initiative, said the group is coming together to confront the social issues among the county’s struggling youth.

“This is just a small representation of the men and women who serve in our community as spiritual leaders who want to take an active part and take a leadership role in terms of helping lead this county to its greatness,” Alexander said.

Although students will be transported from school at the end of the day to local churches in their communities, Alexander said the program will not be “religious-based” and will expand upon the after-school programs already in place.

“Each church will be able to manage as many young people as they feel they can manage. It all depends on the church,” Alexander said.

DeKalb County Bishop Quincy Carswell said he and his fellow clergy are partnering together “out of concern and love for the county.”

“The mission of this group is to use our individual and collective voices and resources to address social issues within the DeKalb County community,” Carswell said. “We will partner with Chief Cedric Alexander and the law enforcement community and the DeKalb County Board of Education to provide programs, activities and other resources at our disposal to help curtail crime, violence and waywardness.”

“What we’ve basically said is that the walls of our churches are down now and we see DeKalb County as our pulpit,” Carswell said.

The program, called the Right Choice After-School Program, will start with high school students, who will be tutored by members of the church and community. Alexander said eventually he hopes the program will be implemented for all ages.

Carswell said more information about the program will be released and finalized within the next several weeks.


2 thoughts on “Police, schools and clergy form initiative to help at-risk youth

  • September 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    This is an excellent start. Let’s hope that there is a good balance in their training. I have noticed some churches with a strict and coarse style in there help with the youth in the S DeKalb Area.

    Many many of our youth are being left behind. Look at the cheating in Atlanta Public Schools. A few in DeKalb.

    Then you have a Board of Commissioners that will write off their “free lunches” with very expensive Catered Food on the backs of the tax-paying citizens of DeKalb before they spend it on Meals for Needy and Hungry Senior Citizens.

    These DeKalb County Board of Commissioners have done very little for the children of DeKalb. These Commissioner’s true selves come out with the reports of how they allowed the Animals in DeKalb’s deplorable shelter to suffer for decades = pathetic this Board of Crooks is !!!

  • September 10, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Don’t be so naive and quit patronizing these young hoodlums. They should be locked up for life NOW before they have opportunities to create mayhem and crimes against us.


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