Pastors alliance kicks off mentoring program at Friday youth event

The local African American Pastors Alliance is kicking off a mentoring program for black males ages 12 to 18 at a free event, “Mentoring Makes a Difference.”

The session will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave. in Columbus.

Organizers expect at least 50 people to attend, according to the Rev. David C. Bosley. He mentioned that while organizers already have some adult males ready to serve as mentors, it will need more.

“We expect this to be an ongoing exercise,” he said.

Donell Sallard of Calvary Community Church will speak. He may be joined by area church youth leaders sharing remarks, Bosley said. Free food will be available.

The pastors alliance spent much of 2015 focused on what it termed “perfecting race relations” and related events in Columbus, which, like most other cities in the United States, allowed some instances of racial segregation during the 1960s.

Information on the mentoring program: Bosley at 812-372-9336 or dayspringchurch@att.net.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.