Incoming DA Speaks to Teens at YMCA

July 19, 2018

HIGH POINT — Teens at the Carl Chavis YMCA were treated to a special guest speaker Wednesday.

Avery Crump, the incoming Guilford County District Attorney, spoke to a group of teenagers participating in the YMCA’s new summer membership for teens program.

The program provides a free summer membership to kids aged 13-17 and is funded by a grant, according to Calrvena Foster, district vice president of operations at Carl Chavis YMCA.

Crump Spoke to the group about having a plan in life and how they need to plan for their goals at a young age in order to achieve their dreams.

"You don't have to have money, you don't have to grow up with influence, you have to have a plan," Foster said. "They could be history makers or they may not be history makers but this lets them know you can be and do anything in this world because the opportunity is there. This was a real life example." 

Crump, who was previously a judge in Guilford Count, will be the first female and the first African-American district attorney in Guilford's history.

Speaking to a group of African-American teens, Foster said that her message was especially impactful.

I think it made an impression, number one, it's because they get to see somebody that looks like them," Foster said. "Being the first female and first African-American DA elected in Guilford County, that's history."

Crump told the teens that because she was first, she was proof that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to.

"A lot of these kids, they don't see people that look like them in positions of power," Crump said. "What I wanted to convey to them was that if you set a plan, you can accomplish anything you want to."

Crump said that when she was a teen, she already knew what she wanted to be and formed her life's plan, leading to her success.

She also fielded various questions from the teenagers about the justice system and her time as a judge and prosecutor.

"I was in juvenile court for 15 years, so I'm very familiar (with kids)," she said.

The program, which is in its inaugural year, gives teens opportunities they might not have.

"This is for kids that would otherwise not be in the YMCA during the summer," Foster said.