ONE Lexington partnering with community

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Community activist and hip hop artist Devine Carama spoke to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Tuesday afternoon to give an update on what ONE Lexington is doing. As head of the newly-formed Lexington organization designed to help with youth violence, he believes partnerships will be key to preventing it.

Even though Carama has been an active community voice and pushing for change for nearly 15 years, he has only been the ONE Lexington director for 63 days. In this time, Carama says he held a summer program for underserved youth called “It Takes a Village”. This program provided mentoring and work opportunities for kids, while also giving them fun activities to do during their summer break.

Carama says ONE Lexington already has some community partners like community centers and Fayette County Public Schools, but that he wants to partner with more like the University of Kentucky and public libraries. He says being one person he can only do so much, but he has goals of bringing current youth programs into partnership with ONE Lexington to involve more community organizations.

“This is so much bigger than one person or even ONE Lexington,” says Carama. “These are people’s lives that are at stake. It’s trust and equity that you’ve built with the people and so I’m starting to see that trust and equity kind of reveal itself in a way that I feel will help keep our neighborhoods safer.”

In the meeting, Carama said he doesn’t want to be solely focused on violence prevention, but also work with these kids on college and career readiness. He says he is dedicated, motivated and putting in the work.

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