Friday, September 10, 2010

Youth Stand Up & Promote Peace Rally on Sept. 11

With great need for peace within the Racine community, students will show homage for 9-11 victims, their families, and the nation which was struck by horrific acts of violence nine years ago. This rally is a climatic ending to a summer program geared toward showing young people that there are alternatives to gangs and gang activities.

On Saturday, September 11 the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center will host the “Stand Up and Promote Peace Rally,” an event to promote peace in our neighborhoods and in the country. 

The Racine Interfaith Coalition has been in collaboration with A&S Unlimited Solutions over the past months and has worked toward motivating, empowering, and creating positive change within the lives of youth. The final project “Yes I Can Be an Entrepreneur” allowed students to build business plans providing students with a better understanding of entrepreneurship. While learning the areas within business development students also learned through the experiences of other business professionals within the city of Racine. 

Students were able to meet directly with Brent Oglesby of Dewey Rose Capital as their business advisor, CPA Kenneth Davidson of Plant the Right Seed as their accounting expert, Felix Servantez of Servantez Law offices as their legal expert, and William Brumfield of Allstate Insurance as their insurance advisor. Students were broken into two groups where they elected to create a sporting goods company along with a childcare center as their businesses ventures.

The Stand up & Promote Peace Rally will begin at 11 a.m., lasting until 4 p.m. Shani Kyle of The Women’s Resource Center, Gang experts Maurice Horton President & CEO of Why Gangs, Sammy Rangel of Racine Psychological services, and Stonebridge Consulting will empower attendees to stand up and promote peace. 

Attendees will also be given the opportunity to enter into the “REP YOUR PEACE” contest that will allow them to express PEACE and the need to end violence through their own interpretation of song, dance and poetry. This contest will offer a cash prize of $100.00 to the student who has the best representation of peace.

The rally will end at 4 p.m. with a peaceful march from the center to the base of the Dr. Martin Luther King statue. Their Racine Interfaith Coalition organizer Rev. Michael Muller, will lead the young people in a prayer for peace throughout the city of Racine and the United States of America.

The event is sponsored by RIC’s Violence No More program, A & S Unlimited Solutions and the DR. Martin Luther King Center.

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