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