KINSTON, N.C (WNCT) – When many people hear Kinston, they think gangs and violence, but Kinston Teens are working around the clock to change that perception.
“We are finding solutions, we are finding ways to make a difference and to make a positive impact and we are doing that and accomplishing our goal,” said Kinston Teens Founder Chris Suggs.
Dozens of kids spent most of the day at a summit, learning how to be a better person. “I’m learning about self-esteem and what it means and about anti-bullying and I’m also learning about how to manage time,” said student Cheyenne King.
King says she wants to learn as much as she can, so she can teach her friends in school to do the right thing.
King said, “If you see someone being bullied, you can just go over there and ask them to be your friend. You could also ask if they want to talk about it.”
Parents say this is what Kinston should be known for, teens helping younger kids succeed.
“If we are giving her positively in to her now, she will be able to carry on though out her life with that as well,” parent Rhonda Ingram said.
Kids say they learned valuable information about how becomes a positive member of society and they can’t wait to take all they learned back to school to share with other kids that didn’t make the summit.