Prominent Kinston teen presented FBI Award

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KINSTON, Lenoir County - Kinston Teens founder and CEO Chris Suggs, 16, will be presented with the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award (DCLA) on Monday, during the Kinston City Council Meeting.

Suggs will receive the award on behalf of his work with Kinston Teens and his individual community involvement and leadership. That's according to a news release.

The award will be presented by Stacie Ward, Community Outreach Coordinator for the FBI's Charlotte Division. In addition to this local presentation, Suggs will be recognized in a special ceremony at the FBI's National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. during the annual DCLA ceremony on Friday, April 28.

Kinston Teens is a nonprofit youth-led organization Suggs founded at age 14 in October 2014 with a mission of empowering youth through service, leadership and civic engagement. Since 2014, Suggs and the Kinston Teens organization has impacted the lives of more than 2,600 young people in the Kinston community and beyond, and accumulated more than 10,000 volunteer service hours.

"When I started Kinston Teens, I never imagined that we'd have accomplished so much in such a considerably short amount of time," Suggs said in the press release. "We're passionate about serving our community, and we're glad that people recognize the potential and power of Kinston's young people. It's truly an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious institution as the Federal Bureau of Investigation."

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