Town Hall Meeting On Black Male Youth To Mark 20th Anniversary Of Civil Unrest

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California Community Foundation presents 'SAVING OUR SONS'

WHAT: SAVING OUR SONS: A Community Conversation about the urgent need to create a more promising future for Black male youth in Los Angeles, beginning immediately, will be presented by the California Community Foundation (CCF).

The much-needed conversation in South Los Angeles will culminate with the announcement of a major new initiative by CCF with the support of a community advisory committee.  Called BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Black Men), the five-year, multi-million dollar initiative aims to give 14-18 year old Black males hope, education and employment, and an opportunity not to be defined by their past. 

WHY: Twenty years after the civil unrest in Los Angeles, Black male youth comprise 33 percent of the youth in the county probation supervision but only 10 percent of all youth in L.A. County.  It is projected that one in every four Black males will be involved in the criminal justice system in their lifetime.  The cost to the community at large is equally staggering: at least $1 million is spent, by taxpayers, per year for every 10 youth in the juvenile justice system.

WHO: Carl A. Balton – BLOOM Advisory Committee Chair
Michael Dolphin – Division Chief, California Employment Development Department
George McKenna, Ph.D. – LAUSD Superintendent for Local District 7, South L.A.
Maureen Pacheco – Assistant Director for Juvenile Law and Policy; Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
Larenz Tate – Actor and Activist (TV's "Rescue Me" and such films as "Ray", "Love Jones" and "Menace II Society")
Plus, approximately 150 parents, educators, employers, juvenile justice advocates, and leaders from the civic, nonprofit, foundation and religious communities of L.A.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
6-8 p.m.

WHERE: Los Angeles Trade Technical College, North Tent
1937 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90015

ON-SITE LIVE BROADCASTING, VIDEORECORDING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND INTERVIEWS

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Barbara Lee, CCF 

Terri Dixon, LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS

T: (213) 452-6258

T: (323) 469–8680 ext. 232

E: blee@calfund.org

 E: terridixon@lagrant.com                             

 

/PRNewswire-USNewswire — May 1, 2012/

SOURCE California Community Foundation