“There’s no time to get in trouble.”

If the Near North Unity Project needed a motto this summer, Shelby Tharpe surely nailed it.

It was a sticky-hot Friday afternoon and the 13-year-old was conferring with his buddy, Leon Wilbut, near basketball court No. 1 in Seward Park at the corner of Sedgewick and Orleans streets.

Shelby goes to Franklin Elementary, which is north of Division Street. Leon goes to Salazar Elementary, south of Division.

FROM LEARN-AND-EARN TO SLAM-AND-JAM