NOLA For Life.
Baltimore's Safe Streets (the motto: Stop Shooting. Start Living.)
Indianapolis' Your Life Matters Program.
Milwaukee's Homicide Review Commission.
President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Program.
Kansas City's No Violence Alliance.
What do all of these initiatives/programs have in common?
|St. Louis joins the ranks of cities in America with a program/initiative geared to addressing the collective failures of black individuals...|
All are necessary because the standards of civilization collectively established by individual white males are a standard deviation greater than what individual black males can collectively achieve.
All are programs or initiatives requiring funding (be it in grant, government funds, or non-profit donation form...) because of the failures of individual black people to refrain from criminality, making the cities listed above dangerous places for both families and businesses.
With Obama's My Brother's Keeper Program, the reality of the dysfunction inherent in the black community can no longer be contained to "urban" environments: wherever blacks are found in America, the reality of the standard deviation separating them from the standards whites have established is easily discernible in every statistic measuring misery...
But no program or initiative comes close to the desperation found in the name of St. Louis Save Our Sons. [Program means jobs for north St. Louis County men, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1-14-15]:
Take 500 young men, jobless or underemployed, from north St. Louis County. Give them a month's training in how to land a job, keep it and get promoted. Then give them a job at a local company.
That's the mission of “Save our Sons,” an Urban League program that's landed $1.2 million in donations from big-name St. Louis area companies in the wake of unrest in Ferguson.
Urban League officials came up with the idea after talking to young men on the streets.
“Young people said they weren't being listened to. All of them to a one said we need jobs,” said Urban League CEO Michael McMillan. Scholarships and job training were also on their list.
The jobs issue is critical. The unemployment rate for black men in St. Louis County has run at triple the rate for whites. From 2011 to 2013, black joblessness averaged 17 percent against 5.8 percent for whites, according to the Census Bureau.
Save Our Sons is running its first class of 20 young men, and more will be added over two years. Two St. Louis companies — who wish to remain anonymous — have promised to hire the first 40 graduates at jobs paying $10 per hour plus benefits, said Herta Shikapwashya, the Urban League vice president running the program.
The classes have four components: how to get a job, keep it, get promoted and stay marketable. It teaches interview skills, how to impress a boss with good work, and how to network to find the next job.
A good job is what Darryl George needs now. “I've been through a lot, and it's at the point where it's really changing my life,” said George, 33, of Jennings. He just lost a temporary job in a warehouse earning $8.25 an hour. That limits the child support he can pay for his two daughters, aged 13 and 11.
He hopes Save Our Sons, with its promise of training and a new job, will put him on a better track. “I want to make the community better,” he said. “I want to be one of the people who come back and speak to the class once I get a job.”
McMillan said the new program is limited to men because participants in other Urban League programs are 80 percent female. “Young men are not using the services,” he said.
He said the program is open to men with problems, including “work issues, child support issues, a felony conviction.”
Some of the biggest names in corporate St. Louis are chipping in the $1.2 million, including Wells Fargo Advisors, Monsanto, Emerson, Anheuser-Busch InBev, AT&T, Regions Bank and Reliance Bank. The NAACP is also contributing.
But no matter the money invested, no matter the number of programs or initiatives, and no matter the desperation of the names of these organizations (S.O.S in St. Louis), the standard deviation will remain.