Boyz ‘N Blue to teach boys 12-18 life skills and values for success
June 26, 2020 (Dallas, TX) — Keeping Families Connected is excited to announce a new program for boys of color, ages 12 through 18, called Boyz ‘N Blue. The mission of this program is to bridge the gap from the schools to prison pipelines. Over the course of twelve weeks, young men will be walked through a curriculum that teaches Respect, Excellence, Attitude and Leadership, Self-Worth; Kingdom principles; self-awareness, and the importance of attitude; honoring your perspective and being open to the views of others; leadership skills; and how to handle and budget money. Most importantly, Boyz ‘N Blue will teach young men how to interact with authority figures such as police, teachers, shop owners, and parents and show them respect while still maintaining personal dignity.
Each week, guest speakers from the police department, court system, prison system, probation officers, etc. will speak to the boys to share their wisdom and council. Each “class” will be comprised of 25 young men and each group that graduates will mentor the next group of kids. By keeping these young men engaged in the process of continued conversation, Scott hopes to create personal relationships between members and strengthen their communities.
The first class will begin on Saturday, July 11, noon to 3:00 PM at Liberty Baptist Church, 219 Ave. A, Dallas, TX. 75203. Interested young men of color between the ages of 12 and 18 can register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boyz-n-blue-tickets-109835494922.
Founded in 2015, Keeping Families Connected is a local non-profit that provides free transportation to and from correctional facilities for families of incarcerated loved-ones and is committed to rebuilding families and fostering life skills in youth and young adults from broken homes. Letitia Scott Jackson birthed Keeping Families Connected out of a personal desire to make meaningful contributions to the lives of those who are incarcerated and the family members they are separated from. Jackson herself spent eighteen months in prison after being wrongfully convicted of a crime and knows the pain of being separated from your children. Her mission is to spread the hope of redemption and connection – one interaction, letter to an inmate and prison visit at a time. She also has a passion for speaking to youth and young adults about making the best choices now, based on her own past experiences. For more information, visit https://www.keepingfamilyconnected.org/.