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Mayor Bell’s “State of the Youth” stays positive

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

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 involved, too.

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 the road.

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