By: Ya-Marie Sesay, DCNewsNow
BOWIE, Md. (DC News Now) — The increase in crime is bringing together communities as they try to figure out how to protect and mentor young people. On Thursday, the State Attorney’s Office for Prince George’s County hosted their annual event Men and Youth Leadership to help contribute.
“We need to be invested our youth right we need to let them know that they have a future that they plan plans. There’s opportunities out there for them to give them that proper direction,” said Jason Abbott, Principal Deputy to the State Attorney of Prince George’s County.
With the rise in gun violence happening across Prince George’s County, leaders are making efforts to celebrate the youth and make a difference in their lives.
“I was one of those young men who were really led down the wrong path,” said Derick Fenner, former NFL Seattle Seahawks player and Prince George’s County native.
Fenner says he was locked up for a short time after being around the wrong crowd. It was later determined he had nothing to do with the crime.