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New Summer Camp Created By DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Seeks To Empower Young Boys

Boys between the ages of 9-16 participate in the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Boys To Men Summer Camp.
Boys between the ages of 9-16 participate in the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Boys To Men Summer Camp.
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Several young boys in DeKalb County spent their summer learning life and etiquette skills thanks to a new summer camp.

The Boys To Men Summer Camp, which launched in June, has already had two graduations.

On Wednesday’s edition of “Closer Look,” DeKalb County Sheriff  Melody Maddox said that she and her team created the week-long camp following conversations, she had with inmates who expressed that they didn’t have resources and support growing up.

And in an attempt to reach the next generation and bridge the gap between law enforcement and youths, Sheriff Maddox said she took the inmates’ feedback. She put out calls on social media for boys between the ages of 9-16 to sign up for the camp.

Boys To Men Summer Camp participant learns how to tie a suit tie. (Courtesy of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

The diverse group of boys who were selected for the inaugural camp classes participated in several confidence-building activities and were taught chivalry practices and how to tie a suit tie.

“These youths are asking for time,” said  Maddox “ We give them stuff. They’re not asking for stuff, the games, you know, the remotes. They’re asking for time, which is why this camp, the Boys to Men Camp, was so important to me.”

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office recently launched a mentoring and community-building initiative. Sheriff Melody Maddox discusses the goals and importance of the Boys To Men Summer Camp. (Courtesy of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.