Hometown Heroes

Subject: Personal Development
Grade Level: All
Source: Cable in the Classroom

In 1993, three North Carolina teenagers were convicted of the shotgun death of off-duty Charlotte police officer Gene Griffin. “Watching the trial, I realized that if someone had intervened in the lives of these three kids, kept them away from guns and alcohol and drugs, four lives would have been changed,” says Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory, winner of a Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award for creating the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance, a coalition of community organizations designed to support and guide his city’s young people.

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