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Inner City Slickers help kids conquer fears

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Dozens of Eastern Iowa kids learned what it was like to be a cowboy Saturday. The program is called Inner City Slickers.

"We learned to rope, and ride the horse, and ride the mechanical bull," said Anna Meester, participant.

Meester was one of 25 kids who took part in the program in Cedar Falls.

"Some of them have been bullied. Some of them have been in the foster care system. And our program is based on cowboy ethics and compassion and hope. And we think most kids make the decisions that they make in life because of fear," said Cindy Corwin, director.

Inner City Slickers has been in operation for three years. Each year, two to three groups of kids learn the way of a cowboy by participating in several challenging activities. 

Organizers say these "Old West" activities help the kids understand and appreciate the cowboy code of ethics like kindness, dependability, and keeping their word.

"You know there is not a lot of trust in this world sometimes, it doesn't seem like. And these kids know that people showed up today. None of us are paid at Inner City Slicker. We're all volunteers. We showed up because we wanted to help them and achieve things they want to achieve in their lives," said Corwin.

Inner City Slickers is a nationwide program. It was founded 20 years ago by Michael McMeel, former drummer for Three Dog Night.

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