A group of legislators gathered in Eastern Carolina Monday to hear information and a plea for help.
The Lenoir County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council held its legislative breakfast at the Woodmen of the World Center in Kinston.
Senators Don Davis and Louis Pate and Representatives John Bell and George Graham attended the event.
Council members asked the legislators for more funding to help their efforts to reduce juvenile crime in the county.
The council has been helping to reduce and prevent juvenile crime since 1990, but Colleen Kosinski, council administrator, said the money used to run the programs is low.
"If we don't have adequate funding, then those children may not get the resources they need, which means they could end up in one of our youth development centers."
Konsinski said it costs the state $150,000 a year for each child that goes into a youth development center, and $244 a day per child at a detention center.
The legislators responded to the conversation and said they will take the concerns to Raleigh.