Organization hopes to connect Lansing youth with role models

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — An organization that aims to help young people achieve their goals has organized a day of empowerment, purpose and vision.

Members of the Dream Warriors program shared how what they do will help make a positive difference and how others can get involved too.

The motto of the group is: “I will do something great. I’ll be a good person.” Young people who attended the Dream Warriors event had the opportunity to meet potential role models.

“Some people just need a mentor. I feel like Dream Warriors really has that place; that someone’s comfort zone can be here and support you on your journey,” said Dream Warrior participant Albert Yuen.

It was Yuen’s first time participating in a Dream Warriors event. He is one of many who told 6 News the importance of bringing in people like firefighters and police to talk with young people.

“These young people are the biggest part of our community. We want them to know that we are here to support them in their hopes, goals and dreams. When they slip, fall and make mistakes, we want them to know it’s not the end. We are here to pick you up; let us guide you,” said David Odom, administrative officer of the Lansing Fire Department.

A kid at the vent said it was a dream come true to meet men in uniform, as he hopes to wear one one day.

“I wanted to be a cop and I want that to happen, which is why I’m here today. We need cops; we keep the city safe. That’s why we’re here, to keep the place safe,” said Dream Warrior participant William Ebright.

A reunion organizer said it was just one of many events Dream Warriors hopes to hold. With more help from the community, Drew Barbour said Dream Warriors can become a support system for young people in Lansing.

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