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F or many around the nation and at home in Wayne County, 2017 was a tough year. Political and social strife around the country served as a backdrop to several homicides and hundreds of drug overdoses across the county, leading many to won- der about the state of the commu- nity. Faced with that uncertainty, Goldsboro citizens began to take In a time of social strife, violence and drug abuse, local community action groups answer the call to action, with a mission to organize, cooperate and put the wheel in motion for a lasting change. 14C — Goldsboro News-Argus Friday, February 23, 2018 Change in motion LEFT: Kyree Williams speaks to the Goldsboro City Council on behalf of Impact Teens as they work to organize a prayer vigil in June of 2017. BOTTOM: Impact Teens holds a prayer vigil for the victims of gun violence in the city. (file photos) Seventh-grader De'Marrius Turnage poses for a photo with John Barnes, his mentor from the 100 Fold Mentoring Program, in the hallway of Dillard Middle School Thursday. Going for D e'Marrius Tur- nage has his sights on one day becoming an entre- preneur and opening his own sporting goods store. The 13-year-old, seventh-grader has a lot of things he enjoys, but basket- ball is likely near the top of his list. Some of his interests and future aspi- rations are the kinds of things his mentor, John Barnes, really wants to know. Barnes, the chief executive officer of Rebuilding Broken Places, a local com- munity development corporation, recently connected with De'Marrius in the 100 Fold Mentoring Program. The program is a grass-roots effort that matches Dillard Middle School girls and boys with mentors and seeks to build supportive relationships for life. 100 "In dealing with that, I found out that it was a systemic problem, just from a community standpoint. That you couldn't just look at the kid and blame the kid, it's the kids, it's the school system, it's the parents, it's the city government, there's a lot of moving pieces to the community." — MARK COLEBROOK See Page 15 Mark Colebrook cheers on students as they arrive at Goldsboro High School on the first day of classes this fall. Story by Joey Pitchford Photos by Casey Mozingo Story by Rochelle Moore Photos by Casey Mozingo See Page 18

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