âThe role of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is to try to stop the violence in the community,â Kimbrough said.
Michael Bragg, spokesperson for the YMCA of Northwestern North Carolina, admitted that the sheriff’s office is working with YMCA officials on several youth projects.
âIt’s ongoing right now,â Bragg said. âWe are working with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and other community partners.
Three months ago Kimbrough and Susan Frye, Administrative Consultant to the Sheriff’s Office, met with Stan Law, President and CEO of the YMCA of North West North Carolina, Tricia McManus, Principal of Winston County Schools. -Salem / Forsyth, and Antonio Stevenson, president of My Brother’s Second Chance Inc., said Stevenson.
Stevenson’s organization offers mentoring programs for at-risk youth.
Subsequently, an after-school program began at the Winston Lake Family YMCA in which 13 high school students receive mentorship and participate in other activities, Stevenson said. Organizers plan to expand the program later this fall, he said.
The program is needed in part because many middle-class neighborhood kids participate in other community-based programs that nurture their dreams and goals, Stevenson said.