In the United States, Black youth are more than four-and-a-half times as likely as White youth to be detained in a juvenile correctional facility, according to the Children’s Defense Fund’s 2012 “Portrait of Inequality” report.
Coach JD Harvey, president of Motor City Chargers, a non-profit organization located in Detroit that aims to help Black youth stay off the streets through sports (basketball, football, cheerleading, dancing and stepping) and mentoring, is one of many who are working hard to change this statistic.
“We’re giving these kids an opportunity to have a life-changing experience,” he says. “Most of them are living in low to moderate incomes with single moms and no fathers, so there’s a lack of guidance and support. Our organization does just that–the coaches also act as mentors.”
Motor City Chargers, a spin-off of Pop Warner Little Scholars, the largest youth football, cheer and dance program in the world, launched back in 2005.
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