BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The annual workshop Saving Our Sisters and Brother to Brother summit was held in Biloxi Saturday. The event brought together people from all walks of life under one roof to start the conversation of topics they're concerned about.
Since 2008, Saving Our Sisters has been addressing topics that affect communities across the Coast, most importantly our youth. Through a number of sponsorships they continue to successfully complete their mission each year.
"Every year is something different, and it's to give back to the kids. When I was younger, I had someone mentoring me, and now it's my time to give back," said event organizer Terri Tyler.
During the summit, the audience got a chance to engage with officials in panel discussions about topics such as education and self-image.
Also among the hot topics was knowing your rights when it comes to law enforcement, which was a discussion many parents were happy to engage in.
"I was a criminal justice major in school. I want my children to know that it's okay to actually talk to police officers. To be okay with reporting things that they know is wrong that's going on in their neighborhood or at school," said Monique Cooks of Gulfport.
Cooks says workshops like this should happen more often, and she appreciates being able to start the conversations that will make her and other families better for their community.
"I think they should do it at least every two or three months so the kids get a good rapport with them to let them know that this is your community. We're here to help you and not try to harass you. We want you to be a police officer, a fireman, a community leader and this is the way to start doing it," Cooks said.
Because of the positive responses like this, organizers are already set to start planning for next year's event.
This is the first year the annual summit was held at the Biloxi Convention Center. The event was free to the public.