Aug 27 2015

North Carolina's junior senator stopped Thursday in the Port City to show support for federal and state programs that try to steer at-risk youth away from trouble -- and potentially a repeat trip to jail.
 
Tillis, who supported the programs when a member of the state House in Raleigh and now as a U.S. senator in Washington, said just interacting with at-risk youths and spending quality time with them can change their outlooks.
 
“You want to give them the skills to inspire them to do something else,” he said. “You want them to have that sense of purpose, of worth.”
 
He added that he's always seen mentoring programs like Kids Making It, which are embedded in the communities they serve, as vital cogs in offering kids positive alternatives. It was actually the closing of a similar community outreach program by his local legislator that helped prompt him to run for the General Assembly.
 
“If he hadn't done that, I probably wouldn't be here today,” Tillis joked.

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