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Community leaders to hold youth meetings in wake of weekend violence

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After  a string of teen violence last weekend, community leaders are holding two meetings with area youth Thursday afternoon.

The meetings will start Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at three locations: the Yearlings Club, Louisville Urban League and NIA Center. Meetings will be held separately for boys and girls.

The group MAN UP says it's concerned about chatter on social media from people who are upset about recent youth violence.

"To blatantly say all of the black kids in our community is wrong -- and I got to stand up against that bottom line," said MeShorn Daniels, the co-chair of MAN Up.

The group wants people to help identify who was involved.

"Because moms, grandmas, you know who they are and let's not sit here and act like we don't know. If you don't want to get it to Louisville Metro Police, give it to MAN UP," he said.

"When we identify these youth, rather than be so quick to punish them,  let's contact their moms and dads," said community activist Jerald Muhammad, who also encouraged  them to get involved along with their pastors.

Leaders are holding the two youth conversations in order to provide kids with a safe outlet where they can talk about their concerns.

"We're all going to be in the same room together," said Anthony Smith, the director of Safe Neighborhoods. "We're going to have them seated in main circle and have all adults around them. We are going to have a video we are going to show and then we're going to ask them questions based on the video."

At the MAN UP meeting, teenage college students spoke about helping area youth. It's opening a conversation between young people and adults in the community.

"We can relate to them better than these guys. It's a new age, new era, social media. We understand that. We understand Facebook, Twitter, way better than them. Let us handle them. Bring them to us. Let us teach them right from wrong," said Dominick, a U of L student.

"If you are not in St. George Community Center, if you're not in California Park Community Center, you're not there at Victory Park Day helping them out, you don't really care," said U of L student Rashad Mitchell.

Daniels countered, "You know why we did this? Because we care, but we don't know who to talk to my friend, so I'm glad you are here."

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