Kinston Teens
A voice for our city's future.

Our Issues

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In recent years, our community of Kinston, North Carolina had been ranked among the highest in our state for violent crimes. In 2014, when our organization was started, shootings had become a regular occurrence—and the average age of victims and offenders in these shootings was around 21-years-old. Kinston Teens recognizes how much of an issue this is, and works to combat it by providing and promoting positive opportunities for youth to be engaged in our community as alternatives to crime, drugs, and violence.


A 2014 study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked Kinston’s “East Kinston” neighborhood as the #1 most economically distressed census tract in North Carolina.


Community resiliency

In the late 1990s, before most members of our organizations were born or even thought about, two major hurricanes—Fran and Floyd—barreled through eastern North Carolina and causing catastrophic damage and devastating flooding in communities like ours. These storms wiped away entire neighborhoods

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