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Pictured: Paula recording at WFSU.

Listen: Week of December 19, 2019

Paula DeBoles-Johnson - Remember Our Young People - There Are A Lot Of Things They Need Beyond Toys

Paula DeBoles-Johnson is committed to youth. She created the Capital City Youth Development Corporation. While she worked in the juvenile justice system, Paula observed that girls were beginning to commit crimes at higher rates. She wondered why, but also wanted to tackle the issue. Along with her friends, she decided to create a conference for girls to talk to them about the things them help women make it. This first conference helped her to develop more programs and to expand her efforts in assisting youth. In thinking about our own influence during the holiday season, she wants us to remember that our young people need many things beyond toys.

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