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‘Have some patience, and your prosperity will come really soon’ – MLK Center’s Junior Community Builder program helps youth lead each other in a positive direction

“Have patience if anything. It might sound small, but patience is the fastest key to life. A lot of our youth end up dying today because they just crash and burn thinking they know what they’re doing in their own lane and they don’t. … Have some patience, and your prosperity will come really soon,” said Anthony McCloud, a Junior Community Builder for the MLK Center-Indianapolis.

He joined us on Indy Style today along with Allison Luthe, executive director for the MLK Center-Indianapolis.

The MLK Center is running a Capital Fundraising Campaign from April 5th to the April 22nd.

This is a new program we started in January as part of a grant from the Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund and the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association.

The Junior Community Builders engage their peers from the neighborhood into MLK Center and let them know about the programs and supports offers.

The Junior Community Builders bring the voices of youth to MLK Center.  Youth have to be at the center of finding solutions to gun violence and other issues that come up every day.

The Junior Community Builders are part of the Nonviolence Training Team, that we’re currently beta testing and will launch this Summer.  

The Nonviolence Training program first started with our Executive Director, Allison Luthe and Community Builder, Charity Malone attending the Nonviolence 365 Training at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta in 2019, to bring the lessons learned back to Indianapolis.   

This is one way MLK Center is addressing systemic racism and oppression in our community by educating others and giving them new tools.

Check out one of their previous stories here.

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