Teamwork Englewood is taking the direct approach to the youth-engagement challenge: it hopes to connect 100 African-American boys with mentors and constructive programming. Phillip Jackson of the Black Star Project kicked off the process at an April 11 event that filled Teamwork's space at Park National Bank on 63rd Street. Four partner agencies – Englewood United Methodist Church, the Peace Center, Boulevard Arts and West Englewood United Methodist Church – will each recruit and support 25 youth.
The goals are to help boys succeed in school and avoid drugs, gangs and violence, said Johnnie Muhammad, Teamwork Englewood's NCP organizer. It's all part of a United Way national pilot program trying to “rescue Black boys from the tragedy we’ve been seeing the last 20 years,” he said.
Read the full story by Richard Muhammad on the Teamwork Englewood web site.