WILMINGTON -- A panel of teens and their mentors gathered at the MLK Center in front of a packed house Tuesday night during the sixth and final community meeting about gang violence.
Teens said empowering their peers to make positive choices is key in battling gang violence in Wilmington.
They also aid continued outreach from the city and the community will help combat the ongoing issue.
"Basically have more activities that teens can get involved in," said Tyrin McMillan, a New Hanover High student. "If you want to, you can bring it into the schools, have guest speakers talk to us students."
Panelist and UNCW student Nick Deluca said he would like to more opportunities given to youth in the Port City.
"I believe that they're building up a fear in order to police heavier. Give some opportunities for places that kids can play safely... where they can carry on the arts that aren't just a small foundation that can only hold 20 people," he said.
The next step will involve compiling all of the feedback from the community meetings and drafting final recommendations for city officials.