Parents and community leaders are coming together after a tragic wreck claimed the lives of four Fulton County teens, to discuss how they can get more involved in the lives of youth.
Leaders said while the accident is a tragedy, it is an opportunity to come together and make sure they are doing all they can to impact children in a positive way.
“People see problems that we have with our young people and sometimes we don’t have that village mentality that we are responsible for all of them,” said John Reed with South Fulton Arrow Youth Council. “And not until something like this happens, this tragedy occurs and then in some people it pushes that sense of urgency about well we got to do something.”
Preston Penn Sr., who is on the Langston Hughes High School Governance Council said they will like to see more recreations areas for kids, more jobs for youth and more parental involvement in the schools.
“We have to get involved, we have to be aware of what our children are doing, we have to be nosy,” said Preston Penn Sr.
Penn said with summer right around the corner, they want to make sure there are programs in place like mentoring, job training and education so that kids who may not have a place to go over the summer, will.
“It’s a matter of us as adults to say, what are we going to do for our children, what are we going to do to make our schools better, what are we going to do to make our community better,” said Penn.
Penn said now that South Fulton is its own city, they are working with city leaders and hope to establish youth engagement programs by the summer when school lets out.