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Teen minister helps steer peers away from violence

Published On: Sep 29 2013 04:52:02 AM CDT
Trevion McFarland

Trevion McFarland, 15, is student sports information director at John Adams High School and also is a youth minister in his church. SBT Photo/GREG SWIERCZ


A South Bend teenager tired of losing his peers to violence is taking to the streets on a mission.

Fifteen-year-old Trevion McFarland works as a youth minister and community activist. He tells his peers they don't have to join gangs, drink or smoke.

McFarland tells the South Bend Tribune ( ) he's felt called to the ministry since the age of 12.

He hit the streets of his South Bend neighborhood last year to spread a message of non-violence and organized a march to protest the death of 10-year-old abuse victim Tramelle Sturgis.

McFarland speaks at churches and other events but says he understands not everyone is interested in his message.

He doesn't plan to stop trying to keep them on the right path.