WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Middle school students on the north side of the city will be occupied by new activities this summer.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence held a meeting Thursday to announce its new summer program. The program will service middle-school aged children living in and around the Blue Ribbon Center's designated Youth Enrichment Zone, an area on the north side of the city flagged for violence. Additionally, the program will be free for all students.
Jana Jones Halls, Executive Director of the Blue Ribbon Commission, said the program will help keep kids out of trouble.
"It came about by just listening to parents and listening to kids talk about how they really needed more to do this summer," Halls said.
Halls explained that students will be involved in educational activities, but the program won't be just like summer school. Additionally, the program will provide for frequent field trips. She said some children need programs like this one to stay out of trouble during the summer.
"They are being targeted. They are sometimes being solicited or targeted to join gangs, but not just that, but they're also exposed to a lot when they're not involved in productive activities," Halls explained.
Halls said the program will contain 60 kids. The Blue Ribbon Commission is accepting applicants now.