Caring Black Men Hosts Second Forum June 29

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DECATUR – The organization Caring Black Men is partnering with the City of Decatur to host a second public forum to promote open communications between the public and local government, social and community-based organizations.

Caring Black Men consists of local men whose mission is to help young males become more positive and productive members of the community. They focus on African-American youth, but they extend help to all young males in the community. The organization works to help young teenagers complete a K – 12 education. Members aim to be role models for area youth and provide community resources to them to find employment opportunities.

The forum will be held from 6 – 8 PM on Monday, June 29 in the Decatur Civic Center Theater at 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. This forum focuses on community perceptions in several areas and bringing different parts of the community together to discuss ideas and information.

Mayor Mike McElroy believes this event is vital to keeping the community working well.

“The development of an environment that encourages transparency and trust has to be an ongoing priority and I feel that this forum is a continuation of that all-important work,” McElroy says.

Caring Black Men offered another forum in October 2014 focusing on law enforcement. They also conduct classroom-mentoring in 12 Decatur Public School District schools. The organization also started partnering with the Decatur Park District and the Macon County Sheriff's office this year to provide free activities in Mueller Park for area youth.

More information about the forum can be obtained by contacting Billy Tyus at 217-424-2727.

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