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Killeen: Local officer hopes to make impact on youth with summer camp

Published: Jul. 3, 2021 at 8:38 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - The Killeen police department is hoping to hit crime where it starts, with the youth.

Detective Devin Hill says he has much more in common with many young teens and adults than they realize.

“Like a lot of these kids, I grew up in a single parent household, but I did have the support of my grandfather and my uncles who taught me how to be a man,” he said.

“We want to give those boys that don’t have positive role models and give that to them,” he said.

It’s those values that Hill hopes to share with them. In an effort to keep the youth away from crime, he got the department in partnership with the Boys & Girls club to create a summer camp called “Boys 2 Men,” aiming to give them fun activities while teaching them daily skills to help their families.

“We’re teaching them things that they would need in everyday life,” he said.

“If they’re with their mom and they get a flat tire, the young man should be able to get out of that car and show the parent how to change the tire.”

It’s not just simple skills they’re teaching, either. From fishing, to archery, swimming and even classes on what careers they may want to have later in life, Hill believes that the program will provide life-saving guidance. The same guidance he had from his grandfather and unlces all those years ago.

“If we can get these kids paired up with positive male role models to try to teach them things and how to be a man, I think that would increase their positivity and put them on a path that’s not towards criminal activity.”

The camp begins at the end of July.

Anyone interested in signing up for the camp can email Tyler Curtis with the Boys & Girls Club at tcurtis@bgctx.org.

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