CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) The Go To High School, Go To College program wanted to tell Chattanoogan youths about the options they have in life.
It was all about becoming who you want in life and not falling victim to the cycle of crime. A small group of middle and high schoolers took the first step in striving to become something positive by listening to a group of mentors who want to see and help them succeed
A Brainerd High 10th grader, Christian Sinclair, understands that in order to take a positive step in life he has to make the right choices.
"You have to go to school and do you're work, and basically if you do your work it pays off at the end,” said Sinclair. “So you have to set yourself up for the best."
Alpha member, Serge Gaba wanted to be a positive influence to young men in Chattanooga so they want end up going down the wrong path.
"There's a lot of crime here in Chattanooga, so we host this program to make sure students are on the right track and focus on what's important for their futures and also for their lives,” said Gaba.
And members of Alpha Phi Alpha placed their arms around some young men to show they care and hopefully sway them away from crime some see in their own neighborhoods.
It's something that one resident of Chattanooga, Marchesa Palmer, would like to see more of.
“They need guidance and all of these young black men here are dressed nicely, they're all educated,” said Palmer. “That's where they need to be than just in the streets."
This program seemed to already have an impact. Participant Domunique Robertson is ready to use what he learned.
"You can do anything if you put your mind to it, and if you get good grades and study, you can make it in the world,” said Robertson.
Providing a positive atmosphere for young men to flourish in, could really play a major role in who they become in the future.
"I feel like anytime there's an event like this, the parents need to try to get their kids out,” said Palmer.