Charlestown's Unity Weekend sends message to young people
CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) -
Members of the Boston Police Department talked with a group from Boys and Girls Clubs around Boston on Saturday as part of Charlestown's Unity Weekend.
The two-day event isn't just about basketball. It's about teaching young people to keep shooting for success in their lives.
Officers gave advice to the kids from Boys and Girls Clubs all across the city, telling them to stay off the streets and out of trouble.
"We were talking to them and letting them know that police officers are here to help them and let them know that you guys can approach us at any time and talk to us. It was a great time,"said Manny Canuto of the Boston Police Department.
The event also gives members the chance to meet others from around Boston, building up the sense of community.
"We have a safe place to go and we get to hang with our friends," said Dasiah Thornton.
The event was run by YouthConnect, a special program through the Boys and Girls Club that helps at-risk young people. The organization raises money through corporate sponsors. Over the years, it has raised more than $1 million.
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