Chess Nutz Knights, Miss Virginia mentor teens at Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center

Chess Nutz Knights, Miss Virginia mentor teens at Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center


(TOM) MISS VIRGINIA IS WORKING TO TAKE BACK THE COMMUNITY TONIGHT. (ANITA) ERICA SAGE MCCARTHY SPENT TIME WITH SOME TEENAGERS – PLAYING CHESS – AT NORFOLK JUVENILE DETENTION. TEN ON YOUR SIDE PHOTOJOURNALIST MIKE MARRERO – HAS THE STORY BEHIND HER STRATEGY. JOHN BELL, JR. SUPERINTENDENT- NORFOLK JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER: THE CHESTNUTZ OUR PROGRAMS BEEN GOING ON 10. IT WAS HIS IDEA, HE’D DONE IT IN OTHER DETENTION CENTERS NEWPORT NEWS SPECIFICALLY, AND HE ASKED US IF WE WERE INTERESTED IN BRINGING IT HERE TO NORFOLK JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER. CLIFTON FRANK POINT OF CONTACT FOR THE CHESS NUTZ KNIGHTS: WE’RE IS AN INCENTIVE FOR THEM TO DO THE RIGHT THING DURING THE WEEK, IT’S WORTH IT FOR THAT. JOHN BELL JR.: I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT IDEA. IT TEACHES THEM JUST BASICALLY PLANNING AHEAD THE MOVES THEY MAKE IN LIFE. TOMMIE CLARK -ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT- NORFOLK JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER: WE HAVE A CAPTIVE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPOSE KIDS TO A THING THEY DON’T ALWAYS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE. THINGS THAT CAN HOPEFULLY GUIDE THEM DOWN A DIFFERENT PATH. ANOTHER BISHOP, ANOTHER KNIGHT. ERICA SAGE MCCARTHY MISS VIRGINIA: I ACTUALLY LEARNED ABOUT THE CHESS PROGRAM THAT MR DON ROBERTS CREATED AND IMPLEMENTED FOR THE FACILITY. WHEN I LEARNED ABOUT THAT PROGRAM I COULDN’T SAY NO. I COULDN’T SAY NO TO SPEAK AND TO MENTOR THE YOUTH THAT WERE IN HERE. TOMMIE CLARK: VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COMMUNITY WHO BRING THINGS IN, HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE THESE KIDS. BECAUSE EVENTUALLY THE KIDS ARE GONNA BE RELEASED AND THEY’RE GONNA COME BACK. ERICA SAGE MCCARTHY: THERE IS NOTHING THAT SEPARATES ME FROM THE SAME CHOICES PER SAY. BUT I DO KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO COME FROM AN ENVIRONMENT FULL OF THE NEGATIVE EXPOSURE. TOMMIE CLARK: WE CAN BE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT’S OPEN WARM LOVING, AND CARING AND ENGAGIN THESE KIDS SO THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION, SO THEY CAN LOOK BEYOND HERE AND NOW AND SEE INTO THE FUTURE. YO I TOOK HIS WHOLE BACK ROW WITH ONE PIECE, THAT JUNK WAS INCREDIBLE MAN, YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT. (ANITA) THE CHESS NUTZ KNIGHTS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MORE VOLUNTEERS. THEY’RE NEXT EVENT IS SET FOR MAY 6TH. FIND MORE INFORMATION OVER ON WAVY-DOT-COM.

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