Several teens find help through mentorship in ‘Before the Bullet’ program

The ‘Before the Bullet’ campaign has been running for a couple of months and has seen some recent successes.

‘Before the Bullet’ is an intervention program made by the Gulfport Police Department that identifies at-risk youth and tries to find ways for them to be successful through conversation and mentorship.

As of today, six young adults have been introduced to the program and three of them have seen positive changes.

As the program continues to grow, more mentors are needed.

The department wants mentors who are invested in the young adults’ lives and are willing to build relationships with them. Gulfport Police Chief Chris Ryle said, “The bigger and the better this program is and the more successful this program is, the less young lives lost, and so with the community support and the family support, this will be successful, and our plan is to reduce violence with these young adults in our city.”

If you are interested in becoming a mentor call 228-234-9730.

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