A group of local dads is doing their part to give back to the youth at Binghamton High School.

Members of the C.A.R.E.S. Dads program volunteer their time every school day between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, to walk around near the high school campus to make sure kids are being safe and returning to school after lunch.

They also help break up fights if any occur, or stop them before they happen, and serve as mentors to some students looking for someone to talk to.

"We're building lifelong relationships with people who are in these communities and wanting to get them to think differently about their future and how they can just be themselves and what that means to society," said Thomas Gray, Parent Mentor with the C.A.R.E.S. dads Program.

The initiative started two years ago and is supported by the City of Binghamton, the Binghamton City School District, and Royal Chicken.

C.A.R.E.S. also runs several other initiatives to benefit youth in the community throughout the year and the summer.