The Central Alabama Community Foundation on Wednesday, April 4, hosted 100 community ministers who came together to discuss how churches can strengthen neighborhoods and be a resource to help with youth issues in the River Region.
CACF’s President Burton Ward is a member of Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange’s Youth Violence Task Force. The task force was created last year to identify existing resources for youth and work on ideas to improve the lives of the city’s youth. The breakfast Wednesday was one of the recommendations of the task force.
Ministers heard from Mayor Strange who encouraged churches to improve outreach efforts to youth. Montgomery has experienced a rise in youth violence recently, and churches provide safe environments for youth to grow and develop leadership skills. Examples of current outreach efforts were shared to help churches identify simple ways to make a lasting impact.
“We appreciate Montgomery ministers for spending their morning with us sharing ideas and resources to help Montgomery youth,” CACF President Burton Ward said. “Churches are doing important work in our communities, and we appreciate ministers for partnering with us to give our youth hope and opportunities for success.”
Ministers who need more information on current youth services, or are interested in partnering with another church for youth outreach, please contact CACF President Burton Ward at (334) 264-6223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.