Posted: Apr 17, 2014 5:50 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Apr 17, 2014 6:50 PM
BATON ROUGE- Students at Capitol High got a first hand look at the major players in the fight against crime, including the top law enforcement officials involved in the BRAVE program.
The students held an open forum to discuss the best ways to escape street violence and lead a successful life.
During the talk, students didn't hold back on what they think leads young people into gangs.
"They want to have a sense of being loved and they want to belong to something, and sometimes they don't find that at home, because it's not easy to have two parents, they often have single moms or single dads that have to take care of them and that's not always easy," said Danielle Howard, a senior at Capitol High.
One student told the crowd a story about how he got respect from people in his neighborhood, because of his success in school.
"You can get street cred by going to college and getting out of the hood, because, generally people say, people don't want to see that, but I think people do, because when you're doing the right thing, I think people look up to you and think this person is doing all right, that's how you get street cred, that's the right way to get street cred," said Javonta Rogers, who plans on going to a junior college in Mississippi.
Students also learned about resources available to them and their families provided by BRAVE, the Family Youth Resource Center, and faith based programs.