Thursday, dozens of law enforcement officers, business leaders, and professionals met with young men in the community for the 5th annual U-Turn lunch.
Wilmington Police Department officers said the goal was to help young men keep their lives on track and/or help them make a "U-turn" if they were heading down the wrong path.
"Especially, in a time when we are faced with gang violence and so many other issues in our community, it's just really important for law enforcement along with the business community and professions to come together with young men and say ‘we want to help you stay on the right track and make a u turn," Linda Rawley with the Wilmington Police Department explained.
During the lunch, the men were able to meet and eat with people they might not have otherwise have the chance to talk to, giving them a support system and someone they could get advice from.
"One of the things I want to talk with the young men about today is knowing the difference between a battle and a war. Many times things that are small battles- that you can just turn your head from and keep moving - we turn into a war. We lose a lot of young men that way," said Dr. Anthony Graham, the keynote speaker at the lunch and a professor at NC A&T State.
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