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S.A.F.E. nonprofit aims to steer at-risk teens in positive direction

Shanika Maple, founder of the S.A.F.E. advocacy group for at-risk youths ages 13-17, talks about the need to provide teens with positive role models during the recent drop-in.

The S.A.F.E. organization — Self-Esteem, Advocacy, Faith and Education — recently held its first Community and Leadership Drop-In at the New America Corporation building at 1747 Amelia St. The purpose of the drop-in was to make the public aware of the group’s work with at-risk children ages 13-17 in Orangeburg and surrounding counties.

Shanika Maple, founder of the nonprofit, spoke about her teenage years being a pivotal point in her life, which influenced her to start S.A.F.E. to help build self-esteem in young people.

“The youth need a strong, positive influence in their lives as well as good father figures,” Maple said.

Among those attending the drop-in was Capt. Lacra Jenkins of the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office and Harvey Elwood Jr. of New Perspectives Media.

S.A.F.E. officers are Jackie Reed, treasurer; Jennifer Murph, secretary; Shanika Maple, president; Evelyn Primus, vice president; and Rachel Carpenter, social media.

Those interested in becoming involved in the organization or learning more about S.A.F.E. are asked to call 803-308-0069.

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