June, 24 2017
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South Carolina Opens Hotline for Troubled Teens
Last week, the Be Right! Project announced the opening of its 24-hour hotline to help troubled teens and their families. Since then, the project's director says the hotline has heated up.
The Program's Early Successes
"The response has been very high," explained Darion Hutcherson, who mans the hotline and oversees the Be Right! Project. "It's older people calling, young people calling, and parents are calling wanting help for their teenagers."
After experiencing difficulty getting through to her 15-year-old son, Savanda Farmer says a friend suggested she call the Be Right! Hotline. "I couldn't figure out what was going on with him," explained Farmer. "His grades were getting bad in school. He didn't want to be there. He wanted to change schools."
After contacting the Be Right! Project, Farmer says Hutcherson sat down with her son. "If we could not come to us, we would like him to go somewhere," she explained. "He began to open up, and we found out a lot of things that were going on."
Services that the Program Offers Troubled Teens
Hutcherson says Be Right! offers youth services such as counseling, mentorship, educational planning and job placement. While the program operates out the C.R. Neal Dream Center on Atlas Road, Hutcherson says his work often takes him into communities, schools and homes.
"When you go into their environments, you see what kind of situations they're really going through," explained Hutcherson. "We had a situation last night where we had to go out and talk to a grandparent and grandson. When we left the house, everyone was in tears."
The Be Right! Hotline is 803-238-9422.
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