Local activist creates after-school program at apartment complex

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- One man is hoping to turn a Lynchburg neighborhood around, one student at a time.

B.B. Shavers, founder of the nonprofit, SHOP Nation, is working to make a different in the kids at the James River Crossing Complex's life.

"There's not a lot of things to do," said 8-year-old Adam.

"The kids get into fights, and the parents are not watching the kids and they need more stuff and activities and stuff for the kids to do some schooling in the evenings and stuff when they get home from school," said Brenda Carter, who lives in the complex.

That's why Shavers said he wanted to start an after-school program there.

"Lynchburg, Central Virginia has enough talented people in it, and enough compassion and loving people in it that will come and reach out and help these kids become the best they can be," he said.

The program will run Monday - Friday, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. and will help kids with homework, mentoring, and just give them something to do with their time.

"This would be great for him, give him something to do and keep him off the streets," said Kelli Jones, a mother living in the complex.

Shavers is also trying to raise funds to install a basketball hoop and a new playground in the neighborhood and he said the after-school care will be a step in the right direction.

"Once you bring a group of people together and you are able to positively affect the mindset which is positivity, you can say listen man, I can care less what anyone outside of James Crossing think of us, inside of James Crossing we have pride, we've got good parents, we've got good kids, and we want to make sure we continue to come out and foster and promote that," Shavers said.

Registration for the after-school program will be at the James River Crossing Community Center, Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

They are also looking for more volunteers, so if you're interested in helping out, you can show up at the same times.

The after-school program will start on Monday.

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