It Takes a Village – Lansing Block Party to Save Teens from Trouble

LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – As youth crime rates rise in the city of Lansing, an organization does everything it can to keep teenagers out of trouble.

A block party was held at The Fledge on Thursday to bring positivity to the community.

“Once you have the foundation, once you’ve established the connection, everything else will begin,” said Maranda Houston.

Houston is the founder of the Houston Legacy of Enlightenment. She organized the youth block party to help children feel loved and included. She believes that once the community feels united, the problems related to increasing violence among teenagers will go away.

“There are many differences and we have to learn to respect people’s differences,” said Houston. “Whether you agree or not, and I think that’s the most important thing. If we can, maybe we can provide some relief. “

Victoria attended the event. She said that it is events like this that make her feel like she is part of something bigger.

“I feel included because there aren’t a lot of things to do,” said Victoria. “There’s more to here than that.”

“Involving the children and us and having something to do with them gives them an important feeling,” says Stephanie White.

White agrees that events like this one are bigger than just a group of young people coming together to have fun.

“We can’t stop. We have to keep going, ”said White. “We have to go back to our roots. Take part. It takes a village. “

While events like this are key to helping teens, White said parents shouldn’t rely on them. She said work starts at home.

“It starts at home,” said White. “We have to be the one fighting for the children.”

For more information on the Houston Legacy of Enlightenment, please visit his official Facebook page here.

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