Revive the Villages Urges the Community to Aid in the Academic Success of its African-American Male Youth

January 9, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2014
           
Revive the Villages Urges the Community to Aid in the Academic Success of its African-American Male Youth

January 8, 2014 (Wilmington, DE) – United Way of Delaware’s African-American affinity group, Revive the Village, urges the entire community at large to join them on Thursday, January 23rd at Barclay’s Bank (125 South West Street, Wilmington, Delaware 19801) from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for its Urgency of Now: The State of Young African-American males and why Delaware can’t wait event. Revive the Village aims to lessen the gap in economic, educational and health disparities among African-Americans by supporting youth, supporting families and supporting the community and currently focusing its efforts on its Saving Our Sons initiative.

The Urgency of Now event will include an evening of conversation, networking, a spoken performance by Delaware’s own Twin Poets and a special message and Q&A segment from keynote speaker Ronald McCray, partner of the Boston Celtics and former Vice President of Nike, Inc. Tickets are $40.00 or $25.00 for those adults under the age of 30.  Tickets may be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/urgencyofnow

Revive the Village’s Saving Our Sons initiative was launched last year in efforts to improve the academic success of young, African-American males that currently have a 47% high school graduation rate in the state of Delaware according to the Schott’s Urgency of Now report.  By working with partners like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, Revive the Village is urging African-American adult males to serve as positive male mentors within our community to ensure our youth are succeeding both academically in life.  Furthermore, Revive the Village aims to improve the academic landscape of young, African-American males by focusing on early learning, 3rd grade literacy, successful transitions and on-time graduation to ensure them a more promising future.

About United Way of Delaware
United Way of Delaware’s mission is to maximize the community’s resources to improve the quality of life for all Delawareans. UWD is implementing Live United 2015, a five-year strategy to achieve long-lasting, measurable improvements throughout the state in the areas of Education, Income and Health. UWD works collaboratively with business, labor, government, nonprofit organizations, academic groups, faith groups, community organizations, concerned citizens and others to affect positive, long-lasting solutions. For more information, to make a contribution or to volunteer, please visit www.uwde.org or call (302) 573-3700.