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Lynchburg youth help to clean neighborhood

By Frankie Jupiter, fjupiter@wdbj7.com
Published On: Aug 25 2013 08:21:09 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 25 2013 11:46:49 PM EDT

A local mentoring program wants to keep the community positive amid a week of violence

LYNCHBURG,Va. -

A local mentoring organization is giving back hoping to build a stronger community.

“I think the most important part is to be able to come out, and regardless of the negative and the positive we still want to come together and be as one,” said volunteer Michael Osei.

SHOPO, which is short for Self Help Obtaining Positive Opportunities, is working to ease the tension and better the community after several incidents of gun violence this week.

“A lot of times people say our next generation is lost; this is a lost generation. And I strongly believe in if somebody is lost you got to go and find them,” said event organizer B.B. Shavers.

Kids and volunteers of the group are picking up trash in the neighborhood near E.C. Glass High School.

The clean up comes during the time as thousands march in Washington in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.\

The group says helping to keep the community clean is something they do every week.

“It’s our job as mentors and as leaders inside of our community to take the baton, like Dr. King and them had and educate these young folk. These are our next generation superstars,” said Shavers.

It’s a generation of superstars organizers hope to usher into success, through positivity.