MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – For the third year, the number of juveniles being arrested in the Raleigh-Frayser area has gone down. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s something Charlie Caswell, the Outreach Pastor at The House Church in Memphis, knows all too well. “I was born in the projects in North Memphis. I seen my best friend killed in front of me,” Caswell said. “I’ve seen a lot of the other trauma that these kids have experienced.”
That’s why he’s doing his part to help make a difference for youth in the Raleigh-Frayser neighborhoods through a program called Blue Community. “Being able to help them understand that although it was meant for your bad, it can be turned around for your good,” Caswell said. The program is a partnership with the Old Allen Precinct and local clergy members.
They hold neighborhood watch meetings, meet with juveniles who may be headed down the wrong path, and figure out solutions to the teens’ troubles.