Reporting Vickie Thomas
DETROIT (WWJ) - A pair of Detroit City Council Members are helping kids prepare for school by holding an event where they will be handing out school supplies and discussing topics like violence and sexual health.
WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas said it will be a “youth explosion” in Detroit, as council members James Tate and Saunteel Jenkins host a city-wide back-to-school event Saturday.
“Hundred of kids lined up, we’ll have a lot of free school supplies, a goodie for them as well and for their parents, you know, which is very important for us to be able to provide some bit of resources for the parents. I think that’s what separates this particular back-to-school event from others,” Tate said.
With an uptake in violence, Jenkins said there will be a major focus on conflict resolution.
“It’s important also that we’re offering it to parents because a lot of our kids are mimicking what they see at home,” she said.
The free event will feature workshops for both kids and parents on issues affecting youth aged 12-18 including violence and sexual health concerns. There will also be representatives from youth focused organizations in attendance.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Youthville Detroit, located at 7375 Woodward Avenue, just north of West Grand Boulevard. Complimentary parking will be provided in the parking structure located at 116 Lothrop Road.