Caught Up youth mentorship program helps teens learn and stay safe

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Detroit police are looking for three young suspects wanted for allegedly causing a row outside the San Morello restaurant… at the downtown Shinola Hotel.

Cops say they knocked over nine granite tables causing around $5,000 in damage when it happened just after 6 a.m. on June 28.

“My son is really expressive with his anger and his pain,” Laquiana Gaines said.

Gaines says her 15-year-old son is one of the suspects. She says he acts out often and she has been trying to get him to help for some time.

“He lost his dad to Covid, my dad to Covid, his best friend and my brother were just killed in random gun violence,” she said. “And it’s been a lot for him to deal with and process at 15.”

Meanwhile, across the city, youth intervention initiatives like the Caught Up mentorship program are giving teens a safe place to play at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church.

“As you can see, we’ve had a very violent summer and it’s a blessing that none of our kids got caught up in any of this,” said Toson Knight, the founder of Caught Up.

The fun comes between sessions that teach life skills, how to stay safe, and more.

“One week people came in talking about financial literacy, last week a friend of mine came in and just talked to them about being a doctor. And most of the time they don’t meet doctors in their community.”

For more information, head to the Caught Up website HERE.

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