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Scared Straight program expands

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An organization aimed at keeping young people on the straight and narrow is moving into a new facility near Southwyck Boulevard.

Shawn Mahone has been running Young Men and Women for Change - Aaron's House for seven and a half years. The program has helped more than 600 kids.

"We now have our own facility where we are able to facilitate the needs of our community and doing what we need to do to help these youth."

The program reaches out to troubled teens and uses real-life stories to help scare them straight.

Mahone says, "This is a program where we break them down and build them back up. Just stripping them from everything that is negative and building them back up by putting a positive reinforcement back in their life."

The group is moving into their new facility on July 1st and is looking for volunteers to roll up their sleeves and help.

"Were asking the community to step up and help with painting, laying floor and drywall. We're looking for people to donate furniture."

Mahone's next step is to start a residential facility for at-risk youth.

You can call 567-277-5352 for more information or visit their Facebook page.

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