HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The goal of a summer program at the Camp Curtin YMCA is to give Harrisburg boys a glimpse of what could be their futures.
Teens got together tonight not just to shoot hoops, but to learn life lessons.
The Camp Curtin YMCA in uptown Harrisburg has been a haven for kids around the region for decades and the focus remains the same.
“[We’re] trying to create activities and opportunities and build careers for these young men,” Jamien Harvey said.
A grass roots effort is underway by KINGS, which stands for Keeping Inner-city Neighborhoods Great and Safe.
It is keeping kids active, but it goes beyond sports.
It is preparing boys 12-18 for the game of life.
Earlier this week, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the arm and shoulder.
It happened right around the corner from the YMCA.
The goal is to prevent that type of incident from becoming the norm.
The effort allows boys to interact with grown men who have become successful in all walks of life.
They kids heard from former local basketball standout and Kutztown University graduate Dujaun Lee about the importance of decision making and setting goals.