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"We Are Warren" campaign calls for public input

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WARREN, Ohio - Planning is underway for a community-wide campaign called "We are Warren"
The city's initiative would host programs for the city's young men and women.

The Raymond John Wean Foundation, Inspiring Minds, city hall and the school district are developing a collaborative plan to organize recreational, leadership and educational events and programming.

Recent violence in the city is just one reason some say outreach is necessary.

"We have to show kids that you know what, you have a long life in front of you and provide them with opportunities and hopefully it will stop some of that," Deryck Toles says, executive director of Inspiring Minds. "It's easy to make a bad decision, when you don't think you have anything to look forward to."

Creating new ways for students to participate in activities from robotics to athletics within the Warren City Schools is of high priority for Superintendent Michael Notar.

Notar's vision includes extending the school day, providing access to more positive role models, educational intervention and ensuring student safety.

"We need to give them all the resources at our disposal, so that they can have a competitive advantage or at least compete in the real world," Mayor Doug Franklin says.

The public is encouraged to provide ideas on ways to best reach out the city's youth.


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