ST. MARY PARISH, La. (KLFY) St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith attended an event Saturday that’s empower and educates young men to become leaders in their community and promote positive self-esteem and social skills.
The Hoodstock event “Transitioning to Manhood,” was held at the Word of Life Church in Patterson.
At this year’s event, Sheriff Smith taught some local teens how to knot a tie.
“The morals and principles that we used to hold high seem to be diminishing in our community. Some core values that shaped the community are a part of a dying culture. The idea behind Transitioning to Manhood is to offer guidance and encouragement to young men. I don’t believe in handouts, instead, sometimes all that’s needed is a hand-up. I aim to be that hand-up,” Hoodstock organization founder Courtney Long said.
Additionally, Smith says he supports the efforts of community leaders like Long in giving a “hand-up” to young people in encouraging them to become all they were created to be.