Cambridge approves new youth program, led by volunteers and police
CAMBRIDGE, Md. – The Cambridge City Council has agreed to allow volunteers and police to host weekly youth meetings at the downtown police substation.
Organizers say the meetings are a way to get kids in the community off the streets and participating in meaningful discussions including mental health. They also believe the meetings will help create a better relationship between the police and community members.
One of the organizers, Gary Gordy, is running for Third Ward City Commissioner. He says he was in a tough spot when he was younger and believes this program will help kids across the city. “The whole thing is so the kids can stay off the streets. I’d like to get the kids off the streets before the street guys get the kids.”
Gordy says two hour long meetings will be hosted every Friday, starting this week. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will be limited to seven kids at first but organizers hope to expand in the future.
They will be offering kids incentives like pizza and free bike lights or helmets. In fact, they are looking for donations for the bike safety equipment.
If you’d like to learn more about how to donate or how to participate in the program, email Gary Gordy at email@example.com.