A graduation ceremony was held Monday evening for a dozen students participating in an after school program in the Youngstown City Schools.
The Youngstown Black Knights Association runs the Youth Police Academy for the city schools. The program teaches the teens how to make right decisions to stay out of trouble.
Statistics show most juveniles get into trouble during the after school hours of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“This program is such a success because it gives the kids something to do and hopefully we are teaching them how to avoid doing things that are criminal and maybe it will help reduce the crime rate,” said Youth Police Academy coordinator Delphine Baldwin-Casey.
Among the topics discussed during the program: bullying, sexual harrassment and gun safety. The students also composed an essay on how to prevent school violence.