What kinds of things are there for kids to do in Toledo?

The city is responding to people’s concerns that kids won’t be busy enough with dozens of programs this summer.

TOLEDO, Ohio – To tackle the gun violence issue, dozens gathered in East Toledo for the final town hall of the mayors’ initiative to reduce gun violence in the city.

The focus of Saturday’s meeting at Waite High School was on addressing the issues facing the east side and promoting the growing number of summer programs available to the teens.

“I mean, you keep them busy all the time, there’s no time for them to get into trouble,” said Mark Vaughn, who runs the Chico Vaughn basketball camp.

The biggest concern raised in every town hall was the lack of activities for children.

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Jojuan Armor, program manager for the mayor’s initiative, says they have now heard from every part of the city about the causes and possible solutions to the violence.

“We have gathered the information,” he said. “Now the conversation brings these people to the table to bring about change.”

The city has amassed more than 40 different summer programs ranging from sports to arts to workforce development.

Vaughn runs Chico Vaughn, one of the oldest youth basketball camps in Toledo, founded in 1979 by his father.

“St. Martin de Porres was our first basketball camp and Woodward High School,” he said.

And now, for the first time, the City of Toledo is funding its program, which he believes will have an immediate impact.

“Helps us expand across the city,” he said. “Back then we could only do certain parts of the city at certain times, but now we can do the whole city.”

Pastor Ken Rupert of East Toledo Baptist Church says parents need to be part of change and participate in their children’s lives.

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“In terms of what the children see that the parents live and talk about, in many cases it will be what the children live and talk about themselves,” he said.

Vaughn stressed that we had to reach the youth as early as possible.

“Our Sagittarius are 13 and 14 years old,” he said, “you have to start having these kids when they are nine, 10, 11, 12 and they change their minds.”

Vaughn and others say the programs will help children appreciate life and others.

“You have to look forward to the future and we have to do that,” said Vaughn. “We have to get these kids to look forward to something more than just hanging out on the corner.”

More events are in the works to keep the community updated on their progress, according to Armor.

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