New Orleans, LA – Community IMPACT Series: Youth Empowerment Project Nov. 19, 2009
For many young New Orleanians, growing up means maneuvering an environment of pervasive poverty, violence, illiteracy, drugs and bleak personal economic prospects. These are the kids commonly dubbed "at risk," and often they find very little help or guidance at home.
But the local nonprofit Youth Empowerment Project helps fill that void of support, and demonstrates that risks needn't become devastating realities.
Pastor John Raphael Jr. of the New Hope Baptist Church has been preparing his New Year's Eve sermon while holding a vigil at South Claiborne Avenue and Felicity Street.
Pastor Raphael had thought his three-day fast and anti-violence vigil would be a solitary experience. But his signs calling for and end to the city's killings have drawn supporters to his encampment on the neutral ground. He chose the spot for its memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King.
A study of race relations in the New Orleans area has uncovered what sponsors say is the first comprehensive look at how the community sees itself, for better and worse. It is part of a local media cooperative called The One Community Initiative.
An organizer of protests in Catholic Churches closed in the Boston Archdiocese will be in New Orleans tomorrow to deliver a message of solidarity with people occupying two churches closed in New Orleans.