Toledo Mayor Mike Bell
wants to make sure more kids don't end up in trouble with the law. He delivered
his "State of the Youth" address Wednesday.
Mayor Bell said Toledo
youth are often asked by adults to be perfect, but it's okay if they fail from
time to time. He said the city will support them, but wants them to be
Bell addressed a crowd
made up of children from schools and organizations around the city. It was his
second State of the Youth address.
He urged them to avoid the
wrong crowds, or a lifestyle that will land them in jail and destroy their
goals. He said the city needs them to volunteer and serve others, but will also
do its best to provide jobs and opportunity.
The mayor said he wanted
the address to stay positive.
"It's not based on we have
a crime issue, or anything like that," he said. "It's just about letting them
know there's hope in the way they are acting. You know, a lot of them are in
school, and they are doing very positive things, and they just need to keep
moving forward and they need to hear it from the leadership of the city."
Mayor Bell also urged
students to watch what they do on Facebook. He warned them the pictures they
post and the comments they make could cost them a job, even 10-15 years down