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Organizers said young men in the area need help and they hope that events like this can give them things to do and let them know there are other things they can get involved in besides a life of crime. Organizers said young men in the area need help and they hope that events like this can give them things to do and let them know there are other things they can get involved in besides a life of crime.
SANFORD, N.C. -

Guiding youth down the right path is the goal for a non-profit group in Sanford. Crews with the Nation of Big Brothers hosted a "Saving our Sons" event Saturday afternoon.

Organizers said young men in the area need help and they hope that events like this can give them things to do and let them know there are other things they can get involved in besides a life of crime.

"Most of the crimes being committed around here around the city are by men and the young guys just need some help," said co-founder of Nation of Big Brothers Antonio Johnson. "Some of their parents are incarcerated or on drugs. From my experience and talking to the younger guys they say they have nothing to do. A lot of the things they do are out of boredom and they don't know anything else."

Johnson and other volunteers want to expand their horizons through job and education opportunities.

"We are trying to get everybody out the houses, out the churches," he said. "We are trying to get everyone to come out and be a part of the community."

Ervin Fox attended the event hoping to inspire a young person who could be going down the wrong path. "We are losing so many of our young people to violence and stuff of that nature so we feel like it would be a good day to come out and let the community know that we are here," he said.

Bonita Times brought her daughter, god children and a neighbor to see something positive in the area.

"It takes a village, a community to raise a child so if everybody comes together. If we save one, it will be enough," she said.

This is the second event for Nation of Big Brothers.

Johnson said they are considering starting a Nation of Big Sisters.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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