Teens get motivated to stay in school

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Teenagers discussed topics like bullying and gang activity at the "Macon Right Decisions" teen Summit Saturday at the Frank Johnson Community Center.

The event was put on by the Bibb County Parks and Recreation department and Dominant Divas United.

"We do feel like the age 12-15 is the transitional age," explained Dominant Divas United Executive Director, Tanisha Johnson. "The age where we need to reach out to them and let them know what’s going on in the community, what decisions they have, what’s the right decisions to try and make."

13-year-old Jeremiah Wilson has three main concerns.

"Dying, gang activity and getting killed," says Wilson.

He believes he got some good advice Saturday.

"So I’m going to stay in school and get my work done and do the right thing," he added.

14-year-old Frederick Boston admits he is uncomfortable talking about bullying.

"When I see that, it just makes me feel really bad about the person that’s being bullied," he says.

Boston plans to be a success.

"I am going to work on my study habits, do more school work even though I’m out of school, and stay in my books," added Boston.

Shaboyd P. Cannon was the event’s motivational speaker.

"I’m here to help the kids improve their well being," he explained. "To get to another level in their lives, to reach their goals, their dreams and opportunities."

Cannon shared his story of trying to make it into the college of his choice. He says he was hindered because of his low grade point average. He says that is why he wants to see the teens become successful.

"When I see kids, I see opportunity," added Cannon. "When I see children, I see chance, I see a new mission. I see hope. I see kids who want to make it without any doubt in their minds."