Bronx community group holds summit for National Youth Week

A Bronx community group held a summit Saturday to mark the start of National Youth Week, hoping to inspire teens and children to stay in school and away from drugs and alcohol.

Bronx parole officer Lee Lessner was on hand to tell children what could happen if they become gang members. Janel Jones, 18, said after hearing Lessner speak she knows she made the right decision to focus on her education. Jones says she wants other Bronx teens to follow her example. Other speakers told stories of how they became successful, hoping to encourage kids.

The Bronx event was sponsored by the Legacy Coalition, which plans to hold similar events throughout the borough in the next few months.

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