YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – “Wanting to help young men, who have the most amount of barriers,” said Guy Burney, director of the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence.
Tuesday, the very first My Brother’s Keeper Conference took place at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown.
Hundreds of young men came from schools all over the area.
“It’s trying to show us like…” “There’s more things in life instead of just drugs, money and all that,” said some students from East High School who attended the event. “We’re all worth something, we all can be anything that we put our mind to.”
The conference had panel discussions, motivational speakers, giveaways and vendors. The kids were able to interact with older men who encouraged them.
“It was fun to see all the speakers, and it was motivating to teach us to do the right stuff,” said Liberty eighth grader Conner Burns.
The students feel they learned important messages.
“My value to society as a whole,” said Liberty eighth grader Glenn Barnett.
Burney said this is the first year of the event, but it won’t be the last
“This unity allows us to do something larger than any individual can do themselves,” Burney said.