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My Town Hero: Planting seeds to grow a better community
My Town Hero: Planting seeds to grow a better community

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Along the 12th Street corridor in Little Rock, seeds of change are being planted as neighbors work to revitalize their community.

"It creates a kind of community bond when people are able to work together, work the land together," said Tauheed Salaam with the Central Little Rock Promise Neighborhood.

Salaam started this community garden almost a year ago, teaming up with non-profit groups to open this Young Adult Opportunity Center. Both have been breathing new life into the community ever since.

“I utilize the garden to get vegetables for my mom; I come and do my homework,” said Lawaynne Natt. This center was the first place Natt turned to after being released from prison. "When I got out, I turned to Mr. Tauheed, and he helped me get employment; he got me a job."

Here at the center, young adults like Natt, typically between the ages of 18 to 30 can prepare for the GED, get employment training, life skills, counseling and more.

“These are young people who in many cases have been disconnected from those traditional pathways for success,” explained Salaam. He saw potential in Natt and encouraged him to not only get a job, but enroll in school.

"I dont want to see nobody to go down the road that I went down. It's so easy to get caught up in that life,” said Natt; he became the first in the program to attend college and now volunteers to help other young adults. Now thankful to travel down a new road, LaWayne believed he couldn't have done it without Salaam’s positive influence. "He's real humble, and he listens to you. He tries his best to do whatever he can to help you reach your goals."

While others may see the community or troubled youth as a lost cause Salaam chooses to see them as a seed in the garden.

"If they have the right amount of sunshine, knowledge, information, education. If they get the right amount of sensitivity-water, from the hearts of people in the community, people have concern for them, then that potential will unfold,” Salaam concluded.

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