Teaching youths to take pride in the Edison Neighborhood

Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Residents in Kalamazoo's Edison Neighborhood say it's time to clean up their image.

The idea is that teaching young people to take pride in their neighborhood could prevent the violence that's been so prevalent there this summer.  

Lightning Kicks Martial Arts Academy, which works with at-risk youth, is organizing the outreach event.

They are teaming up with Kalamazoo Public Safety and the Sons of Malta.

Kids from the at risk martial arts program will be joining area residents to help clean up the neighborhood.

Everyone is invited to pitch in.

The goal is to get people to clean up the image of the Edison Neighborhood and hopefully stop the violence.

"Our ultimate goal is to bring back pride in our community in our neighborhood, the Edison Neighborhood and show there's a very strong element of good people and good neighbors out there in that community and we don't want the violence to be the face of our neighborhood," said Amir Khillah of Lighting Kicks At-Risk Youth Program.

If you want to take part, the neighborhood clean-up starts at 6:30 Thursday night. It will begin at 826 Mills Street and then people will then spread out into the neighborhood.

Everyone is invited.

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