Just for teens: July 4th events in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The city of Greensboro and local organizations are pairing up to do something just for teens this July 4th.

The city’s first responders awarded funds to three organizations to host teen events.

The three organizations submitted proposals to the city and were awarded $1,000 to host activities that promote fun, safe and positive events for teens on the holiday.

The three organizations hosting events are Citadel of Praise Church and Campus Ministries (Citadel Church and Foundation), Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet and Jalloh’s Upright Services of North Carolina.

Fox8 caught up with the Citadel of Praise Church and Campus Ministries to see what their event has to offer. It’s called “Ballin’ and Bars”.

Organizer, Reverend Greg Drumwright, says he’s giving the kids what they're asking for.

“Balling incorporates basketball, which is something that a lot of teenagers here love to do,” Drumwright said. “And bars incorporates the young musical talent."

The event is being held in Ray Warren Homes, where 200 kids are expected to attend.

“I grew up in a housing development community just like Ray Warren, where a lot of the kids, we didn't always have positive programs, or we didn't have enough of it."

Drumwright says in addition to the funds from the city, his organization has raised $2,000 to help with the event and received donations from community groups.

There’s going to be music, basketball, food and entertainment.

Teens living outside of Ray Warren are welcome to participate, but everyone must register by calling or texting 336-898-4496.

The city sent us the following information on the two other organizations hosting events:

  • More dancing is offered at the East White Oak Center for teens between the ages of 13 and 18. Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet is providing a talent show, hip-hop dance lessons and a glow party for approximately 30 youth. The ballet company’s outreach programs use dance to positively impact the lives of at-risk youth, individuals with special needs, and senior citizens. Interested teens must pre-register for the event by emailing princess@royalexpressions.org, or calling 336-404-2999.
  • In Council District 4, Jalloh’s Upright Services of North Carolina is hosting a youth 3-on-3 basketball tournament and cookout at the UNC-Greensboro athletic fields from TIME. The event is designed to bring together refugee and immigrant youth in a safe for fun and education. The program also includes a writing competition and information about US history and cultural norms. Between 50-100 young people are expected to participate in the event. The event is open to any teen who is interested in learning more about other cultures. Pre-registration is not required. JUS-NC is a non-profit organization that provides services to help immigrants settle and integrate into their chosen communities.