Youth jobs, violence focus of ‘Community First Prayer Breakfast’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 5, 2015) – Friday is the third annual “Community First Prayer Breakfast” held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and hosted by the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition.

Organizers say their goal this year is to keep kids out of trouble.

This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Eugene Rivers, a co-founder of the Boston Ten Point Coalition. That group is the inspiration for the Indianapolis-based organization.

Rev. Harrison with the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition says this breakfast is an opportunity for business, faith and community leaders to join in prayer and support local youth with jobs and summer programs.

He says this will reduce violence and make Indianapolis safer.

“We know that a lot of youth, hanging out in the summertime with nothing to do, and particularly without any employment, leads to trouble,” Reverend Harrison said.

Indianapolis has seen a reduction in violence from last year.

To date in 2015, Indianapolis has seen 42 murders; by this time in 2014, the total was 62 murders.

To further help kids find jobs this summer, Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition is part of a job fair next week:
DATE: June 12, 2015
TIME: 6-8 p.m.
LOCATIONS:
• Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, 4141 N. High School Road, Indianapolis (west side)
• Fervent Prayer Church, 10512 E. 38th St., Indianapolis (east side)
REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be 14-18-years-old
• Bring proof of age