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‘Girls can be angry.’ New council working to help Bibb County girls stay out of trouble

The Pace Center for Girls in Florida is helping organize a Girls Coordinating Council in Macon to serve at-risk girls here.

Joe Kovac Jr.

October 17, 2019

An effort to address the needs of at-risk girls in Macon and put them on the right path is modeling itself after a successful program in Florida. The recently formed Girls Coordinating Council launched in part by the Bibb County District Attorney’s office aims to introduce counseling and other hands-on...

Peacing Together: Youth Voices on Violence

Peacing Together: Youth Voices on Violence

Sonya Green, CCJ Engagement Coordinator

October 11, 2019

It's not always easy to find young people to talk about the violence they've seen, or even violence they've participated in. Girl #1: There are too many young people that are being killed by someone they grew up with Boy #1: To be honest, before I go to school… I pray because I don’t know if...

Peacing Together: Adult Readiness

Peacing Together: Adult Readiness

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

October 3, 2019

Finishing high school, going to college and getting a job -- these things can seem out of reach if you don't have support and guidance. But at the Adult Readiness Program in Macon, young people are gaining the skills they need to stay on track and off the streets. "Everyone has a past," said student...

Peacing Together: Tonora Jones

Peacing Together: Tonora Jones

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

September 26, 2019

"They shot my house up over 24 times. It was two shooters and a driver. [They] actually got out, stood in the yard, and shot my house up," said Jones. More than five of those bullets hit her daughter, 'Tootie' Roberts. One of them grazed the 14-year-old's heart, and she died. "Just to see my baby...

Youth voices on living with violence everyday

Youth voices on living with violence everyday

Sonya Green, Engagement Reporter/Coordinator

September 20, 2019

On a recent school break, eight kids spent an hour talking about youth violence with the Center for Collaborative Journalism engagement reporter, Sonya Green. The youth talked about violence in their community and at school. One boy said that youth"get stressed over it and they don't want to go to school...

Peacing Together: June O’Neal

Peacing Together: June O'Neal

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

September 20, 2019

When it comes to working with our youth, June O’Neal is on the front line helping some of the most at-risk students find the guidance and support they need with the help of a mentor. “I think a lot of the children live at the corner of desperate and hopeless,” said O’Neal. She’s the executive...

Peacing Together: Campus Clubs

Peacing Together: Campus Clubs

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

September 19, 2019

If you’ve heard the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ then it may be a little easier to understand the goal of the Campus Clubs ministry. They’re a team of volunteers helping young people redirect their focus from hanging out after school to learning a little extra once the bell...

Peacing Together: Ray Rover

Peacing Together: Ray Rover

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

September 18, 2019

“My name is Ray Rover and in my spare, off and extra time, I have a ministry called Street to Success.” Street to Success pairs children with mentors to help with school work, but also socialization. “We don’t care whether children are Christians or Muslims, straight or whatever, it’s...

When and why are teens committing crimes?

When and why are teens committing crimes?

Chelsea Beimfohr, 13WMAZ Staff

September 17, 2019

On Villa Avenue, things are fairly quiet outside Will Ferrier’s home. “I grew up where you never locked your door. You could leave your keys in your car,” he said. But that place wasn’t in Macon. “You didn’t ignore the person next door. You said, ‘Hi, how are you doing this morning,’”...

The Personal Stories Of Youth Violence In Macon

Shaquavia Woodard pauses at the casket of her former classmate Shar'Bora Yan'Kita Shyrell Daniels before Daniels' funeral in the auditorium of Central High School in Macon in 2012.

On Second Thought, Georgia Public Broadcasting

September 17, 2019

This week GPB’s Macon bureau is embarking on a yearlong look at youth violence, including its causes and potential solutions. GPB Macon is just one of the local newsrooms tackling the issue, with their partners, the Macon Telegraph, the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University and CBS...

Peacing Together: Tajalyn Woodruff

Peacing Together: Tajalyn Woodruff

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

September 17, 2019

There’s a new program underway through the district attorney’s office helping keep youth out of the juvenile justice system. But for the woman in charge, it’s not just a job, it’s personal. “It’s really important that I help these kids understand that regardless of what anybody thinks,...

Peacing Together: Lt. Reggie Thomas

Peacing Together: Lt. Reggie Thomas

Amyre Makupson, CCJ Broadcast News Director

September 16, 2019

“My name is Reginald Thomas. I’m a lieutenant with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and I also volunteer coach football for Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation.” Wearing the badge wasn’t enough for Lt. Thomas. “To me, the best way to give back was to get involved with youth sports...

The Macon Newsroom features work from the collaboration among Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism, 13WMAZ, Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Telegraph
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