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TMSG: Next Step

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - A partnership between Peckham and the Lansing community is helping teens with troubled pasts truly take the next step when it comes to their education and life.

At 20-years-old Pam Brown of Lansing is finding out for the first time she's got what it takes to be both a community volunteer and a successful student.

"People have their own idea what maturing is because there has to be a reason you didn't pass high school,” said Pam Brown, Next Step Student at Peckham.

But she's now passing an educational program through Peckham that gives juveniles and troubled teens a second chance at accomplishing their goals.

"You have a lot of opportunities. Each Next Step program student gets $8,000 to go to their degree or certificate programs you want to be in,” said Brown.

Darrel Malloch, a transition specialist for Peckham, says it’s really all about giving back to the community and to each other.

"When they were juveniles, they in some way shape or form offended the community and when they come to our program they get a chance to volunteer,” said Darrel Mulloch, Next Step Transition Specialist.

"I actually did something to help somebody else and make a difference," said Pam Brown.

They’re also able to take the next step personally and professionally.

"Jobs, you're going to need to have that GED. You have to prove you know the essentials to advance in life,” said Brown.

A life that's back on track for Pam and filled with plenty of promise. Pam and the Next Step students will finish up their GED classes next week and their community service work by the end of the month.

For more information on the program and Peckham Inc., visit Peckham.org.
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