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New program aims to teach young men life skills

OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (WKRC) -- An effort to create future leaders is hitting the streets.

The Boys to Men program teaches life skills by giving young men an avenue to succeed in life. The goal is to steer teens away from violence.

The program held its first event Saturday afternoon at the Lincoln Rec Center in Over-the-Rhine. Local leaders spoke to boys and young men, ages 13-22, on focusing on what's positive in their life.

The program not only focuses on mentoring the city's youth, but it also encourages people in the community to speak up about unsolved murders in Cincinnati. The program sends a powerful message: get off the streets and make a positive difference.

Reggie Frazier lost his son on April 18, 2013. Tazmon Frazier was murdered, and his killer is still on the streets.

"No one will come forward, and that's what we are here today for. People to come forward and say what they know," says Frazier.

Boys to Men also aims to teach young men how to be productive. They learn skills like filling out job applications, having real conversations and even how to tie a tie.

"Hopefully the skills they learn from here will be able to take them on to the next level to be able to be successful in life," says Sonja Black.




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