We hope that BRAVE, a new crime-fighting initiative aimed at reducing violence in Baton Rouge’s most troubled neighborhoods, proves successful at restoring order to inner-city streets where drugs and death are common parts of daily life. One big challenge will be giving options other than crime to at-risk youngsters driving so much of the violence.
That’s why we’re heartened by the news that representatives of 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, a local nonprofit with a history of helping at-risk youth, have been meeting with BRAVE organizers to see how they can help BRAVE succeed.
Adell Brown, president of 100 Black Men, said if unhealthy influences are driven out of a troubled neighborhood, then more helpful institutions must be poised to fill the vacuum.
Started locally in 1993, 100 Black Men will mark its 20th anniversary next year. For two decades, the local nonprofit has been mentoring at-risk youngsters, helping them to succeed academically and prepare for college.
With a budget of $150,000 a year, 100 Black Men is doing good work in helping to lift at-risk youngsters into better lives.
Despite its name, membership in 100 Black Men is open to anyone who’s interested in advancing its mission. For information on how to help, call (225) 356-9453, or email email@example.com.