By WVUA 23 Reporter Jordan Johnson

Tuscaloosa, Ala- After reading that there were nine crimes committed by juveniles on juveniles in tuscaloosa city and county between January and July of this year, Kim Turner, the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of West Alabama, decided that something needed to change.

To help raise awareness of this issue, Turner started to Great Think youth safety initiative right here in Tuscaloosa to help combat juvenile crime. She gathered many different community leaders to open up a discussion on a way to reduce crimes committed by minors.

“This is going to be a continual process until we can come up with a plan that we would like to implement as leaders in Tuscaloosa to do something better for our young people because they deserve so much more than we’re giving them right now,” Turner said.

There were representatives from different organizations like Tuscaloosa city schools and Tuscaloosa District Attorney Hays Webb.

While this meeting was to get ideas about why juvenile crime is such a problem and ideas on how to answer the issue, the next meeting- on January 15th- is to discuss how to put these ideas into action. They are hoping to have even more community leaders involved, too.

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