MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Politicians, law enforcement and youth intervention professionals met Friday in the Twin Cities.

Those involved say there is a growing number of at-risk youth in the area. They met at the Brooklyn Park Community Center to ask the state legislature for more funding.

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People like Trenton Washington talked about how he was facing a life of crime when a youth program helped turn his life around.

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Trenton Washington (credit: CBS)

Trenton Washington (credit: CBS)

“I want to go to college and I want to finish high school with a 3.5 GPA and up,” Washington said. “And I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. It’s hard (laughs).”

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Those at the meeting talked about how funding prevention programs saves money in the long run.