“Kinston Teens” celebrates anniversary and big milestone

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – An organization that started to help curb crime in Kinston is celebrating a major milestone.

“Kinston Teens” held its first annual meeting at the Neuse Regional Library announcing it’s in the final stages of becoming a tax-exempt non-profit organization.

Also during the meeting, a board of directors and members of its youth leadership council were named.

In addition, the group announced it has launched a new mentorship program at Southeast Elementary to foster new leaders.

Founder Christopher Suggs says getting the non-profit status will help “Kinston Teens” garner more support.

“The possibilities are almost endless for us,” explained Suggs. We’ll be able to apply for different sponsors and grants. A lot of people feel more comfortable supporting organizations that have that 501(c) status, so hopefully we’re see more personal contributions coming in as well.

Suggs says “Kinston Teens” will host a fundraising gala in December.

For more information on how you can get involved, head to kinstonteens.org


KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A local youth group striving to make their community a better place is seeing success. Police tell us Kinston Teens is making a big difference in a crime-ridden community.

Kinston Teens has a lot to celebrate, as Wednesday marks its first anniversary. The group is not only uniting teens across the city, but it’s also bringing youth and law enforcement closer together.

Wednesday, they celebrate many accomplishments, including becoming an incorporated nonprofit and applying for tax-exempt status. Members have also completed thousands of community service hours, hosted their first teen town hall, and organized the adopt-a-street program in Kinston.

Kinston Department of Public Safety Director Bill Johnson says he’s collaborated with Kinston Teens throughout the past year, and they’re making a difference.

“These are forward-thinking young people here. And that’s what you need, that’s what you want in your community. Because for people in my age group, it reinforces that good things not only can come from the community, but that good things will happen to the community in the future. And they bring that to us,” Dir. Johnson said.

Kinston Teens is not slowing down any time soon. They have big plans for the future. That’s part of what they’ll discuss at their first annual meeting. The meeting and celebration take place Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Neuse Regional Library Auditorium, located at 510 N. Queen Street in Kinston.

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