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Westgate Project aims to help troubled youth

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Dozens gathered in West Greenville to watch the launch of the Westgate project.

The project is a partnership between the non-profit NC Civil, Greenville Police and several local businesses. The purpose of the partnership is to help the youngest members of the community who are in trouble with the law.

"Any of the patrol officers that are patrolling the west Greenville area, if they arrest a young person between the ages of 16 to 26, to whatever degree allowed by law, they will transfer those names to a list and report that list to NC civil every two weeks," said Jermaine McNair, who spearheaded the Westgate Agreement.

Once NC Civil receives the list, members of the Westgate coalition will reach out to those young people to mentor them back onto the right path.

"I think it shows them that just because they've been in trouble already, doesn't mean they can't change," said Officer Antoinette Cox of the Greenville Police Department.

"Overall, if we can change the trajectory of a young person's life and that interaction with law enforcement became the beginning of that, then we set a better chance of a young person being able to look back on their life and say man that moment when I ran into that law enforcement officer, that didn't mark the end of my life, that marked the beginning of a change in a positive direction," said McNair.

For more information on the Westgate Agreement, click here.

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