From the White House to the Capitol Building, to boardrooms and city halls, young people are often left out of the decisions that most affect them. That’s why, 14 years old, Christopher J. Suggs founded Kinston Teens in October of 2014.
Already a prominent voice and representative of youth in his community, he started Kinston Teens as an effort to amplify the voices of all of the youth of Kinston, and to create civic engagement and community service opportunities as positive alternatives for teens. In the short time that Kinston Teens has been active, it has engaged more than one hundred youth in its programs and has worked hard to include young people in the efforts to better our community. Kinston Teens has organized award-winning leadership development initiatives, and has been recognized on local, state, national and global platforms for its efforts.
Kinston Teens is proud to have had such measurable success in a considerably short amount of time. We’re grateful for the support we’ve had from our community, and look forward to continuing our efforts to improve our great city!
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Starting off at a community college is proven to help students save money, further develop their career goals and passions, and provide a smoother transition from high school to college. This week, in our #DoingItForLenoir highlight, we’re putting the spotlight on Mr. Chris Humphrey—a 1988 graduate of South Lenoir High School who shares his college Read more about #DoingItForLenoir – Mr. Chris Humphrey[…]
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Press Release: February 24, 2017 KINSTON, NC — Kinston Teens will hold a free Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine Give Away in Kinston on Saturday, March 4. The event, hosted in partnership with the Old North State Medical Foundation, is open to any individuals needing over-the-counter medications. The giveaway will be held from 12:00PM to 3:00PM at Read more about Teens to lead medicine giveaway in Kinston[…]
Press Release: Kinston Police, citizens, organizations form Community Relations Team On Thursday, February 23rd, Kinston Police Chief Alonzo Jaynes alongside citizens and coalition partners will announce the formation of the Kinston Community Relations Team. Chief Jaynes and other team members will be accepting questions from media outlets and the community. The Kinston Community Relations Team is an Read more about Kinston Police, citizens, organizations form Community Relations Team[…]
Kinston Teens founder and CEO Chris Suggs will lead a presentation at the Kinston City Council meeting on Monday, February 20 at 7:00PM to update the Council and general public on the organization’s Adopt-A-Vacant Lot Program. The Adopt-A-Vacant Lot program will allow churches, families, businesses, organizations, and others to “adopt” city-owned vacant lots and transform Read more about Kinston Teens to present on vacant lot adoption program[…]
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