BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As Olympic athletes spent their summer qualifying and competing on the big stage, Constable Terrica Williams spent her time figuring out how to make a difference for the next generation following a Memorial Day weekend tragedy.
“When the summer time was coming up, an 18-month-old baby was killed. I sat at home one night thinking as a community leader you have to step in and do something to help our community and help our young people and direct them in the right direction,” Williams explained.
That’s when she came up with the idea of starting a camp for young men ages 10-15. She chose that specific age range because of the crucial development during
“They start hanging with the wrong people. They hang with the kids in the neighborhood. Parents are working to provide for the family and they don’t realize what their children are doing so by the time they make 15, they’re already too far gone.”
Williams hosted a small group every week in June and July with speakers ranging from judges to law enforcement officers to break the stigma of the negative outlook on those who protect and serve.
“Young kids today think police are bad people. So what we do is we do the positive things so we can show the kids that we are their friend.”
Another important lesson her team taught was the consequences of guns.
“They play those games Fortnite and all the shooting games. They can rewind that but when you pull that trigger in life, you cannot pause or rewind it. You have to keep moving and sometimes you can’t change what you’ve done.”
Williams looks to continue the camp for summers to come and integrate that when speaking to students during the school year. Her goal is to reach as many young people as possible.
“That’s our future and without those young men, what is there? If we lose them to the streets, we have nothing so it’s our goal to take them under our wing, helping and leading them in the right direction.”