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Members of ‘The 100 Black Men’ hold mentoring sessions at the St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center to give the kids the tools they will need when they get out. Members of ‘The 100 Black Men’ hold mentoring sessions at the St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center to give the kids the tools they will need when they get out.

By: Anthony Kiekow / News 4

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Members of ‘The 100 Black Men’ hold mentoring sessions at the St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center to give the kids the tools they will need when they get out.

The center is for kids who have committed serious crimes, with charges ranging from theft to murder. Some of the kids at the center are as young as 11.

Majority of the kids will returns to the streets of St. Louis, but they are held at the center while the judges decide their futures.

Members of ‘The 100 Black Men’ have been holding mentoring sessions every Thursday at the center since 2014. 

“We try and give these kids some hope that they can eventually leave these conditions and go into something better,” said Steve Harmon, an attorney, retired police officer and member of ‘The 100 Black Men.’  

“If they don’t get help the cycle continues,” he said. 

‘The 100 Black Men’ discuss a different topic each time they visit the center. 

“Our goal is to give them tools they can use when they get out,” said Harmon.  

 “We’ve had some success,” said Harmon. “We’ve seen kids get out and do much better.” 

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