1000 Prayer Warriors: Raising Kings
One Village Alliance is calling on faith-based communities throughout the region, and across the country, for help. Honoring the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Raising Kings 2019 launches during National Mentoring Month with a year-round commitment to change the prominent image, expectations and outcomes of men and boys of color. As we look at where we are today, it’s clear that a Day of Service and celebration is not enough. Our youth, families and communities need PRAYER.

Black males are disproportionately represented in nearly every negative statistic across the nation. The disparities among men and boys of color span physical and mental health, education, employment, and life expectancy. Delaware is no exception.

▲ Even with violence decreasing, Wilmington ranks in the top 5 most dangerous cities in the country for teens.
▲ During a record breaking 2017, 197 shooting victims were reported. The highest rate of victims were Black males…
▲ 85% of African American youth in Wilmington are growing up without an adult male in the home.
▲ 87% of incarcerated black males report being raised in a fatherless home.
▲ Delaware has the highest prison population per capita in the entire world. 87% of nonviolent offenders are black males.
▲ In just one year, 4,303 juveniles were arrested in DE. 71.8% were African-American.
▲ Last school year the DOE reports 44,828 school suspensions (16,457 different students). 46 were expelled.

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

The time to do something - to not remain silent - is right now. Prayer changes things, but prayer without works is dead. We are calling on 1,000 prayer warriors committed to protecting our children and raising the next generation of Dr. King-like leaders. With your support RAISING KINGS will interrupt the generational crisis of failure to create a counter-culture of fortitude, greatness, and self-respect, realizing "the Dream".

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU...
1.) ENGAGE: Invite your congregation to bring a young man or boy to your church service on Sunday January 27, 2019.

2.) PRAY: During your regularly scheduled service, pray with us between 10am-12pm during which time we will have 1000 Prayer Warriors calling for a blessing over our men, boys, mothers raising sons, families, and our community as a whole.

3.) COMMIT: After service, create a space for meaningful, sustainable connections between youth in need, father figures, men, and mentors. One Village Alliance can support your ongoing commitment!

Visit www.iamthevillage.org or call 855-YOUTH-ED.

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