Event to showcase resources for struggling teens

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Jun. 10—Lee County residents can learn about resources available for the community's youth at a Saturday event sponsored by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and the Sheriff's Office.

"Our goal is to let the community know what resources are available for them," said Pam Glover, chairwoman of the JCPCs. "A lot of people think there are no resources."

The Community Resource Event, absent in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the M.T. Burch Center, 1122 Boykin Ave.

The event will bring together a variety of resources for teens, especially those needing a nudge in the right direction.

Among the organizations that will be represented are the Sandhills Center, which handles mental health issues; the Tarheel Challenge Academy, based in Salemburg, which offers a 22-week residential program in which participants learn how to become productive citizens; the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department; and Central Carolina Community College, which offers a Job Corps scholarship program in which young people with diplomas to receive training as well as a financial stipend, Glover said.

"We fund programs that provide services to the youth such as Teen Court ... and mentoring," she said.

The aim is to educate residents and have people work together to create a stronger community, Glover said.

The event's motto, Stronger Together, reflects the desire to help build the community through partnerships.

"This is a small community and has a down-home feel and everyone knows everybody," Glover said. "We want everybody to walk arm-in-arm and walk with each other."

Bubba's Subs and Sandwiches will provide food and Pelican's Snoballs will be on hand to provide treats to cool off with.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office will provide water, she said. There will be games, prizes and even a raffle. And it's all free, Glover said.

"We will have masks available for adults and youth if they want one," she said. "We just need people to show up."

If it rains, the event will be rescheduled, Glover said.