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The Village aims to connect at-risk youth in Tallahassee with life-coaching

Posted at 6:10 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 18:10:10-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One man is dead after a shooting in Springfield Apartments in Tallahassee.

It's at least the third shooting to happen in the complex in the last month. Multiple other shootings in that same time span also happened in the neighborhood.

But there are community members stepping up in an attempt to put an end to the violence.

Organizations across Tallahassee say the main goal is showing the younger generation there are other ways to resolve conflict.

They say that starts by being active in the community.

Four men in the community are taking the phrase "it takes a village" to another level.

"At this point, kids are dying every day," said Kevin Warren. "Mothers are losing their kids to boxes or cages."

The Village opened this summer as a way to intervene with at-risk youth putting them on a better path.

The men decided to focus on life coaching, finding ways to show young men in the community a different lifestyle.

One client was once a member of the northside gang in Tallahassee. To him, having someone take him to buy a suit was life changing.

"It's important to Tim with that suit because he's literally never seen someone put on a suit and bring back money," Warren said. "I asked him when's the last time you saw someone wear a suit. He couldn't tell me."

But crime still persists.

They're receiving help from the Leon County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families, but The Village needs help getting further into the community.

"We got to sit here to listen to the numbers and stories while we have a solution on the table," Warren said.