Kinston native hopes new center will start change

KINSTON, NC (WNCT)- While many have tried to resolve the crime issue in Kinston, we continue to see and hear about shootings and deaths.

Tonica Parks woke up one day and said, “I have to do something.” Now her dreams are a reality.

“I was given the vision,” Tonica Parks said.

Parks is back home in Kinston to help the next generation.

Parks said, “They feel like they have no purpose, so let’s do something.”

She’s getting ready for the SC Youth Center’s open house. The center will be a place for kids to go after school. There are also opportunities for tutoring and field trips.

For Parks, it’s more than just a daycare.

“The biggest part of this program is the mentoring,” Parks said.

She wants kids to know someone cares, someone has their back.

“If their parents can’t make it to certain events like plays and things like that then we can show up just to show someone that we’re there,” Parks said.

Parks wants this program to be a source a light for a city with so much darkness.

Parks said, “I want them to know that there’s still hope.”

The SC Youth Center is a non-profit. Their open house is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. For more information click here.

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