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One Brooklyn man is responsible for putting hundreds of teens to work and giving them a new outlook on responsibility.
BROOKLYN, NY (Catholic Online) - Barnabas Shakur, 31, has lived in Brooklyn for over 20 years and he is the founder of Project Re-Generation, a community service project that has teens skipping on drugs and gangs and instead focusing on community service.
The volunteer-based non-profit motivates teens to work in their community cleaning stoops, sidewalks, and streets every day after school. As kids clean up the neighborhood, they also learn responsibility.
The teens are paid a few dollars wages for their work, but the pay is a token amount. The real benefit of the program goes far beyond what money can buy. Participants do better in school and have some value added on their resume that makes them stand out above their peers.
The program is largely supported by donations and with leadership from adult volunteers. The program also offers weekend classes which include academic support and exercise programs.
The program is accepting donations here.
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