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Youth Engagement Summit held in Lexington

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Published: May. 17, 2018 at 5:25 PM EDT
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More than 100 people were at Lexington's Lyric Theatre Thursday morning for ONE Lexington's Youth Engagement Summit.

Leaders from all over the city focused their speeches on helping children in high risk or violent situations, to lead a better life.

"This is not a policing issue," said Lexington Police Chief Lawrence Weathers. "It's a community issue. I always looked at even the job of policing as being a community effort. I can't go in and say, 'what's wrong with your community?' the community has to tell me what's wrong, and they have to give me ideas on how to fix it."

ONE Lexington partnered with Fayette County Public Schools to put on the event.

They know of more than a dozen programs in the city - all dedicated to helping foster good relationships with struggling children and teens.

"We think it's important to bring all people to the table because we all, whether we're with the city government, whether we work with Parks & Rec., Waste Management, Fayette County Public Schools, or you live right down here on Elm Street, we all have a role to play," said Laura Hatfield, the director of ONE Lexington.

ONE Lexington was created last summer. They want to get youth to envision a brighter future.

They want to host a similar program on a weeknight or a weekend, to get even more people involved.

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