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Newport News grant targets youth to prevent violence, change communities

Newport News grant targets youth to prevent violence, change communities

NEWPORT NEWS—Malik Spencer is hoping to transform his community, with the help of one neighbor at a time. The 15-year-old Southeast Newport News resident is one of 45 teenagers from across the city who will, over the next three years, attempt to learn what's most important to his neighbors and work to see that some of those changes are made. "This is where I live, and I know it can be better than this," Spencer said on a recent Monday as he went door-to-door in his neighborhood asking residents to participate in a five-question survey. He said so far most of his neighbors are glad to share their opinions. "I rarely come across people who say...

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