BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge is trying to reach teens in the community with its new teen facility.
The facility located just blocks away from McKinley High School is designed to give teens an outlet. The organization’s teen director Bobby Jones, Jr. said in Baton Rouge there’s a lot of crime and it’s taking the young people.
“At the teen center, we’re going to help with homework, we’re going to focus on some educational things, but also it is a spot to just get them off the street,” said Jones.
On Wednesday, Jones held a mixer at the facility located at 3014 Alaska Street.
“In Baton Rouge, you don’t see the high schoolers involved that much. We want to win our young people back,” said Jones.
Baton Rouge Police and the Boys and Girls Club said events like the mixer will help curb crime in the Capital City.
“You know our youth are smart, they have solutions especially when we’re dealing with their peers,” said Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul.
He said his force partnering with these type of programs show community policing in the works.
“It gives us an opportunity to have conversations with them to share things that we are seeing,” said Paul.
The center officially opens in January and both organizations hope it is used to its full potential.
“It really breaks down those barriers in community-police relations,” said Paul.
“There’s so much more, this is just the beginning. I want that for so many kids, man. I can’t wait for them to pour in here so that we can pour as much as we can into them,” said Jones.