Battles, Books and Business
A Black Boys Empowerment Series                                     Saturday, April 22nd 2023
Sponsored by: Focus on the City                                         11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

East St. Louis City Hall/Municipal Building
301 Riverpark Drive East St Louis, IL 62201

                                                      Boys grades 5th thru 8th only apply  
                                             **** Please RSVP no later than April 12, 2023****

 Each child will be entered to win door prizes that total $500 dollars. 
 Light breakfast items will be served
 To go lunches will be provided for each boy and adult


*Each child will be required to change into their suit and shoes for pictures. There will be group and individual pictures taken after the guest speakers session. Each child will receive a digital print of their picture. The pictures from this event will be displayed on the Focus on the City websites.  

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Do you feel as though this child has the initiative to make a difference in the community? *
A message from Focus on the City Director, Alonzo Perrin
My name is Alonzo Perrin, and I am the Director of Focus on the City. Focus on the City is a non-profit organization focused on empowering, inspiring, and impacting the lives of families and children of East St. Louis, Illinois. I started this organization to honor and continue the combined 60-year legacy of dedicated service to the community of East Saint Louis set forth by my parents, the late Mr. Alonzo, former East St. Louis Police Chief, and Toni Perrin, retired East St. Louis Public School educator. Our past events took place in my hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois and Houston Texas. Since our inception five years ago, we partnered with the Jackie-Joyner Kersee Foundation to provide families with school supplies, clothing, and groceries in our back-to-school drives. These events have been highly successful as we have served over 700 families. April 9th 2022, we hosted a black boy’s empowerment series called Battles, Books and Business in East St. Louis. We supplied 11 boys with suits and entrepreneurial resources and true black history information. We are ready to bring this event back to my hometown of East St. Louis on April 22nd, 2023. God has provided us with knowledgeable and wise speakers, and they will provide strategies that can help empower the next generation of youth in the city of East St. Louis. The time is now to get the future leaders ready for the next levels of life. Please visit to see information regarding our missions and past events which includes pictures from our first two Battles, Books and Business events. Stay safe and God Bless. 
Alonzo Perrin 

REGISTER by April 12, 202
Purpose of this event:
* Equip and empower the boys with critical thinking skills and values
* Inspire hope and to affirm their dreams and aspirations
* Provide a strong moral and spiritual foundation so that better choices can be made
* Enhance their knowledge of African American History and their heritage
* Prepare and provide them with resources on wealth building and financial literacy
* Inspire them to think entrepreneurially and to be social change agents.
* Prepare them for success and significance with powerful books and to encourage reading
* Teach them the importance of their appearance

Guest Speakers:
Alonzo Perrin - Founder of Focus on the City/ Moderator
Omari Issa- Assistant Principal, Houston Independent School District
Tamarra Weary-Redeveloper for Care Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation
Each child will receive:

·          Teen NIV bIBLE

·          A brand new suit or suit separate or slacks and a shirt and tie.

.          Brand new dress shoes

·         Mos Bows: A young person’s guide to start up success

·         The Staff of the Undefeated's: The Fierce 44: Black Americans who shook up the world

·         Anthony Oneal's : The Teen Entrepreneur Tool Box: The Small-Business Guides for Teens

·         Black History informational Flash Cards    

·         Tony Dungy’s Book: The One Year Uncommon Daily Challenge      

·         The Pulse of Perseverance : Three Black Doctors on their journey to Success  
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Name of the male child attending? *
Grade and age of child? *
Name of the parent/guardian attending with child? *
Number of people in the household? *
Household Income *
Does this child enjoy reading books? *
Will your child be interested in learning more about financial literacy and saving money? *
Is your child interested in starting their own business? *
There will be an interactive Q & A session, what are some of the topics and issues would you like to be discussed at this event?
Does this child own a suit? *
Child's shirt and pant size *
Child's shoe size: *
*To be completed by child. "Why I should be invited to this event?" (40 to 50 word minimum) *
How do I know if I am chosen?
You will receive a message via phone/text message to inform you if you were chosen to participate. Please be looking for this information the week of April 17,2023.

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