With the ongoing rise in youth violence in our community, Highland Christian Center aims to take practical steps to reach our youth and change the narrative. They are specifically targeting young African descent males and females. Our young African American females and males have so much potential and talent inside of them. It is the church’s endeavor to help them to see who they can become and not accept a societal and self-fulling narrative of negativity.
Executive Pastor Yolanda Roseby, said, “we must change the narrative.” MLK Day, “A Day on Not a Day Off,” was chosen as the perfect opportunity to galvanize the community to try and connect with Portland youth.
This year’s National theme is “IT STARTS WITH ME: Shifting Priorities to Create the Beloved Community.”
The MLK Virtual Youth Summit will be held at Highland Christian Center, 7600 NE Glisan St. on January 17, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with a panel of seven guests, hosted by Dr. Shon Neyland. Guest panelists include: Bishop CT Wells, Patrick Alexander, Walter Kelsaw, Pastor April Murchinson, Pastor Herman Greene, Pastor Israel Hill, and Royal Harris. Highland Christian Center is partnering with the World Arts Foundation, Inc. for this event. The summit will be virtual given the rise of COVID-19.
The goal is to connect the younger generation (specifically with those who are on the cusp of joining gangs or going down the path of criminality) to tangible resources and combat drugs, criminality, economic disenfranchisement, and murder.
The event will be available via the Zoom platform, Meeting ID: 817 4335 6643 Passcode: 269002, to gain more interaction and dialogue. Additionally, the summit will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.
Resources include skilled labor training and positions for those who may not attend high school, counseling and mentorship services, education opportunities, and entrepreneurial opportunities.
For more information call 503-287-9567.