GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After months of community discussions about curbing teen violence downtown during the summer, city leaders have come up with a plan to keep teens off the streets and more active.
"We certainly don't want fighting, we don't want violence," said Susan Feit, executive director of the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad.
Downtown Greensboro became a hot spot for teen violence last summer.
"I don't believe in bad kids," Feit said. "I don't believe in bad people."
But Feit does believe that to avoid a repeat of last summer's violence, teens in Greensboro need more.
"Is there something meaningful for them to do," Feit asked.
It's a question city leaders have been asking themselves and, after more than a dozen community discussions, have found the answer to.
"Everything from recreational to resource information to job skills information, we're working towards providing those things," said Chris Wilson, interim assistant city manager.
The city has developed a three-point plan to keep teens more active, developing programs that include arts and crafts, science skills and fitness. They're also working on ways to get the word out about the programs and improving transportation to give teenagers better access to them.
"The intent here is to provide something that allows teens to be engaged in a positive way," Wilson said.
A plan Feit thinks will work alongside mentorships and getting feedback from teens themselves.
"Are they going to be defined as the problem or are they going to be defined and used as part of the solution," Feit asked.
City officials say the new programs should be enacted by spring 2014.