Local organization strives to improve relationships between the youth and law enforcement

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A New Vision Leadership Foundation of Acadiana is a non-profit Youth Leadership group that works with at-risk youth to get them ready to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The group is working to build positive-community relationships through their Hoop Dreams event.

Building future leaders and improving community relationships. That’s exactly what New Nision Leadership is doing. One basket at a time.

“When law enforcement come into our community we want to make sure that children feel comfortable seeing law enforcement,” said Founder, Erica Williams.

Bridging the gap between youth and the police is a challenge that this organization is taking to the basketball court.

“This is an opportunity for the law enforcement to take off the uniform, put on a basketball jersey and just have a great time with us,” Williams added.

But this event is less about the hoops… and more about the dream.

“It’s to be exposing the children to a quality wholesome activity so they know and realize and understand that the police are not their enemies,” said Royal Hill, Jr. Recreation centers Manager.

President David Calais says new vision is a life-changing experience.

“We do community service projects and that’s humbling. We do educational things so outside of school I’m being educated,” Calais said.

Spokesperson Deonta Trim encourages more of the youth to get involved.

“Do something different. Take a risk and go out your comfort zone and join New Vision or a group like it because these groups are the main way for kids in our community to get out and try to experience new things,” said Trim.

Hoop Dreams is their main event of the year that reaches the entire community.  “Great cause. Good time and terrific partnership,” said Hill.

“Everything kicks off this Saturday at the Domingue Recreation Center. It begins at 2 P.M. 

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