COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — ABC 6 was on hand for a special graduation of the Columbus community's next young leaders.
The fifth graders at Linden Stem Academy finished up a mentorship class aimed at teaching them the skills needed to make a difference in their lives and that of their families as well.
“Definitely a lot of growth. Definitely a lot of maturity,” Ralph Carter, with the community group We Are Linden, said.
ABC 6/ FOX 28 has covered countless stories of kids involved in all the wrong things. From fatal shootings to crimes involving the Kia boys, but this group of kids at Linden Stem Academy are looking to change the narrative and be a positive reflection of what's going on in the community.
“We’re just engaging with them,” Carter told ABC 6.
Looking to support, empower and build up city kids. That's the mission behind the youth mentors program at Linden STEM Academy. Volunteers pouring into these kids. Providing a listening ear and guidance.
The fifth graders put in the work, time, and effort. From conflict resolution to team building. Learning the skills necessary to be leaders in their neighborhoods.
“The kids have a ball of energy, we just try to meet them where they’re out.. constantly pour positivity into them,” Carter said.
The overall goal of the mentorship program is to provide area kids with the resources and help necessary to change their lives.