North Charleston, SC (WCSC) - National syndicated talk show host and New York Times best selling author Michael Baisden is on a mission to save the our young people. On Friday, he took his cross country trip to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and had a strong message for his audience.
"Stop complaining. Stop shaking your head when you watch television and do something about it. The bottom line is people don't realize they're part of the problem by not getting involved," Baisden said.
Baisden kicked off his One Million Mentors Tour in Dallas in February and plans to visit 72 cities where his show is broadcast.
"It's all for a good cause. The whole idea is to recruit mentors. The problems we're having in Chicago are the same problems in Charleston. Teen pregnancy, drop out rates, homicide and gangs," Baisden said.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Performing Arts Center to hear Baisden, his co-host George Wilborn and several local leaders talked about the importance of mentoring.
Although some attendees aren't old enough to mentor, they were inspired by Baisden's message of community involvement.
"I love to help people. I just love when I can see that I'm helping people in my community they tell me they're grateful for me and that just makes my day," said 16 year-old Amber Vanderhorst.
Baisden plans to donate $350,000 to local mentoring programs all over the country. His next stop is Myrtle Beach and his One Million Mentors Tour concludes in Youngstown, Ohio this summer.