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High school senior hopes to stop gun violence with career fair

High school senior hopes to stop gun violence with career fair

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Charles A. Tindley senior Taran Richardson is a four-sport athlete, a member of National Honor Society, class president all four years and a boy scout. He likes to stay busy but he knows many of his peers aren’t as motivated, which is why he has decided to help them.

The city’s recent spike in gun violence has motivated Richardson to get young people off the streets and in jobs. He went to school administrators and asked to bring 60 local businesses to Charles A. Tindley on Friday, March 27.

“A lot of people always talk about that teens and youth don’t have resources that’s around them and really, I believe that’s not necessarily true. It’s just that we don’t have the initiative ourselves to go out there and look for them,” said Richardson.

The jobs and businesses range from lawn maintenance work to professional internship style jobs. So far, 20 businesses have committed to the career fair.

The fair runs from noon until 4 p.m. If you want to be involved Richardson wants you to email him at or call him at (317) 201-4132.

Richardson said his project is more important now than ever.

“This type of thing can be a solution to those types of problems because instead of you know shooting at someone, they’re shooting for something,” said Richardson.