City councilor raises awareness of shelter program in Lafayette Parish
LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Parish Councilor “AB” Rubin is concerned that the shelter initiative program lacks awareness.
Rubin launched the program to reduce violent youth crime over the summer. During the third week of the program, Rubin emphasizes the importance to the community. “It’s not just for the misunderstood kids in our community. This is for all of our children because, like I said, every child in our community is one bad decision away from being a statistic in our community,” Councilor Rubin said.
As the program is on its third Saturday since June 5, Rubin says there needs to be more awareness of the program.
Terry Martin, a member of bike organization Down ‘N’ Dirty, says the cycling community is happy to help young people and make a positive impact. “Just to come support and get your kids involved in something this summer,” Martin said. “We’ve had a lot of tragedies here in Lafayette with kids killing kids and we need to know that it starts at home and the only way to stop it is to get our kids active in things like this one.”
Carencro High School student Tyler Broussard said, “It’s fun; it’s not boring like you think. This is the second time he has appeared on the Haven program on Saturday night. He said his favorite thing was to play basketball.
Wykiel Provost, 13, said he met Broussard through the Young Leaders of Lafayette organization. Since arriving at the shelter, he has fallen in love with the program and is happy to have new friends. “When I started the first week, I didn’t think it was going to be so fun. I don’t think I was going to fall in love with it, but I fell in love with it on day one,” he said.
Rubin said, “I think the most important thing we need to do is get the word out. Tell a friend tell a friend. Take your kids there, let them experience it at least once and see how they engage with it, then let them decide for themselves if it’s something they want to come back to.
Rubin said they have made some changes to the way they allow speakers to engage with young people, and painting birdcages and jewelry boxes is now available, along with lots of board games, karaoke and sports.