The Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc. began its “Pull ‘Em Up — Stop Saggin Belt Campaign” on Tuesday to discourage Prince George’s County youth from wearing their pants below their waistlines.
Jerrod Mustaf, executive director of Take Charge, said residents can drop off belts at more than 20 drop-off locations throughout the county through Nov. 1, which will be delivered at locations to be determined the week of Nov. 1, he said.
“We’ve been watching young men in our communities for the longest time having their pants sagging,” Mustaf said. “I have not really seen a lot been done about it.”
Mustaf said he thought a grassroots effort would bring the issue to everyone’s attention. Drop-off locations are still being added, but Mustaf said the following places will have boxes for belts: Adam’s House at 5001 Silver Hill Road in Suitland; Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building at 6820 Webster St. in Landover Hills; Drew-Freeman Middle School at 2600 Brooks Drive in Suitland; First Baptist Church of Highland Park at 6801 Sheriff Road in Landover; Prince George’s County Courthouse at 14735 Main St. in Upper Marlboro; Prince George’s County Police Headquarters at 7600 Barlowe Road in Palmer Park; Colmar Manor Community Center and Town Hall at 3701 Lawrence St; Mount Rainier City Hall at One Municipal Place; Oxon Hill Middle School at 9570 Fort Foote Road; Stephen Decatur Middle School at 8200 Pinewood Drive in Clinton; T.G.I. Fridays at 5740 Silver Hill Road in District Heights; The Take Charge Headquarters at 7610 Pennsylvania Ave. in Forestville and Thomas Johnson Middle School at 5401 Barker Place in Lanham.
For more information about the campaign, call 301-420-7395.