According to Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis, the biggest problem facing young people in the city is they have no place to go.
Heal the Hood features celebrities visiting schools and using music and entertainment to bring a message. That's what they did earlier this month at Carver High School.
The message: staying in school and out of gangs is the right thing to do. Along with names like Larry Dodson of the Bar Kays and Ladia Yates, a young dancer from Memphis who has made it big, that message is getting across to young people.
With the closure of Liberty Land and Peabody Place, young people do not have safe places to gather like they used to. That's where Heal the Hood comes in.
"We have to say someone dropped the ball along the way and the celebrities that are coming in to help us. They realize that in their cities they have amusement parks for the kids and they say, ‘wait a minute, Memphis does not have an amusement park for the kids.' They say, ‘we're getting ready to help,'" says Heals the Hood CEO Ladell Beamon.
That help will come in the form of a fundraising concert to not only raise money, but let the kids know that a lot of people in Memphis want all the kids to grow up and be part of the community.
Heal the Hood says the City of Memphis has four sites that they want the organization to look at and that it will donate once a selection is made. An unnamed benefactor has pledged a great deal of money to the project to make sure that something does happen and that in the very near future the kids of Memphis will no longer be able to say, "there is no place to go and nothing to do in Memphis."
The benefit concert featuring Jacob Latimore will be on April 20. The location has yet to be determined. For more information visit HTHMemphis.org or call 901-482-1615