MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery city leaders believe they've come up with an idea that could make a difference in reducing crime but that's not all. Leaders hope the idea will encourage mothers and fathers to become better parents.
During a meeting at city hall, Mayor Todd Strange laid out a plan for the first-ever Better Parenting for Brighter Futures Summit.
The summit is set for Saturday at the Multiplex at Crampon Bowl starting at 9 a.m. The day will begin with celebrity athletes talking about how they rose above trying circumstances in life. Some of the topics will include bullying, suicide, domestic violence and how to become a better parent in the age of social media.
"It will focus on conflict resolution," said Strange.
City leaders hope this will be a catalyst in reducing the crime rate. The expo is the result of a community-wide meeting last September that included clergy, professionals, and counselors.
"We have so many youths being involved in activities they ought not to be involved in and so this is an opportunity, because so often we get involved in youths and activities, and the parents said 'Well, I didn't know,' or, 'I didn't know how to help,'" said the mayor.
"Another one will be on domestic violence, and talk about what are the ramifications of domestic violence and how you can do some conflict resolution," said Cary Kaufman, executive director for Samaritan Counseling Center in Montgomery.
At this point, officials say the expo is a one-time event but could become annual depending on it turns out.
The summit is free of charge and lunch will be served, according to the itinerary.