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Sheriff's office program helps kids stay active, off the streets

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Almost a dozen children were challenged by a ropes course on Saturday. Almost a dozen children were challenged by a ropes course on Saturday.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Almost a dozen children were challenged by a ropes course on Saturday.  It's all part of a violence intervention program offered by the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.

ELEMENTS is an all-inclusive program designed to implement a combination of education, prevention, intervention, and diversion strategies to address the many factors that cause and sustain youth violence.

Their mission is to provide youth with support for emotional needs, advocacy, group interaction, and exposure to new activities and positive role models.

Organizers work directly with youth, their family, school personnel, law enforcement, and the community to help prevent youth violence.

Kristy Williams is the organizer of the ELEMENTS program.  She says this program offers kids a better outlet to relieve stress.

"If they're not here, where are they, what are they doing?  They're off running the streets" said Williams.  "Kids learn a lot through feeling, touching and doing.  We want to give these kids an opportunity to try something different that they don't normally get the opportunity to do."

For more information, please email Kristy Williams at ElementsProgramNHC@gmail.com or call 910.798.4300.

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