Friday, January 09, 2009

Heartbeats from the 'Hood: CPAC Program Needs More Male Mentors

image I read this on Urban Youth Impact's blog today...

Shortly after Urban Youth Impact organized a prayer walk in Dunbar Village, a housing project in West Palm Beach that was the scene of a tragic sexual assault in 2007, Bill Hobbs urged area churches to partner together to minister in the inner-city.

The Christian Prayer & Action Coalition (CPAC) is an alliance of 30 churches with six initiatives: Mentoring, adopt-a-family, summer camp sponsorships, family picnics, home improvements for inner-city residents, and ongoing prayer sessions.  2008 was CPAC's first full year of service in the inner-city.

This February will also mark another milestone for CPAC: Its first anniversary of mentoring inner-city boys.  Currently, five male mentors are working with nine boys ages 9 to 12.  Every other Saturday, the mentors and boys meet for three hours to participate in an activity, like going to a Miami Dolphins game (pictured here), and to study Scripture.  In addition, the mentors meet with the boys one-on-one during the week to read Harold Davis' book Talks My Father Never Had With Me: Helping the Young Male Make it to Adulthood.  In 2009, the mentors plan to add a community service component to the program.

If you or an adult male you know have in interest in serving as a mentor, please contact Ryan Gunn at 561.281.4455.  Transportation and lunch are provided so there is no cost to the mentor.

Heartbeats from the 'Hood: CPAC Program Needs More Male Mentors

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