Youth Summit Hopes To Prevent Kids From Going Down The Wrong Path
These teens are part of a youth summit not by choice, but because they've already run afoul with the law. These teens have all been arrested at least once and are on probation.
The youth summit was organized by the Black-On-Black Crime Task Force. Task force members teamed up with local law enforcement agencies and are trying to scare these kids from going down the wrong path.
The day started with speakers sharing stories hoping in part to scare some of these teens straight.
"Life on the street is nothing that you really want, and point blank nothing good comes from the streets," said Anfernee Butler, Job Corp student government president.
Butler is only 17-years-old and was there to show his peers what options they have. Butler is about to graduate, but just a year ago he was in the same shoes as the peers who sat before him.
"I didn't understand what type of potential that I had until I was exposed to the Gainesville Job Corps center."
Students learned is that the alternative to using their potential to succeed in high school is often a life of crime. Former Prosecuting attorney Jim Fisher said a life in crime is a dead-end.
"You're going to end up in 1 of 4 categories you're dead, great bodily injury, you're incarcerated or you're an addict," said Fisher.
Fisher said 80 percent of all inmates in the nation are in for drug related offenses. And Fisher adds the economics of drug dealing don't add up in the dealer's favor.
"When you break down the numbers, break down the risk and reward, you ask yourself whether it's actually worth it," said Fisher.
After years of prosecuting drug offenders, Fisher said the average street dealer makes $7 an hour and about $14,000 a year. The same or less than a legitimate job at McDonalds or Walmart.
"You start out thinking I can make money at this, but you don't," said Fisher.
But what these teens can do to stay on the winning path is to succeed in high school.
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