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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chicago's Youth Leadership Ages 13 - 40

Jim Allen

There's a growing disenchantment among Chicago's youth leadership ages 13 - 40 as it relates to taking more serious roles within various neighborhoods and communities. This particular age bracket has become frustrated with Elder leadership and has made claims of being restricted, restrained, ignored and alienated. Youth leadership has taken its plight to social media blasting Elder leadership as being out of touch with Generation X and the Millennial Generation.

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"...However, youth leadership fails to
realize several important factors."

My service begin under the tutelage of the late great Rev. Rosetta Henry in 1996. Under her leadership I was elected youth president of Lawndale Gardens complex (1996-98) I was also recognized by the Chicago Housing Authority for my service as youth president and community activism. The point I'm making is youth leadership must understand the importance of SERVICE!

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Every great leader served rather in the Abolitionist Movement, Civil Rights Movement, Women's Rights Movement, Gay Rights Movement or Immigrant Rights Movement. Even the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., served in SCLC. Youth leadership ages 13 - 40 must serve in various social organizations: NAACP, SCLC, Rainbow Push Coalition, Urban League, National Action Network, ETC...

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Before he become President of the United States of America, Barack Obama served as community organizer. Serving means to participate, pay dues and remain involved. Serving means waiting your turn. Youth leadership ages 13 - 40 if you're not apart of any social, recreational or religious organization you can forget about receiving any leadership role of prominence. Power is taken, however, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Leadership is passed down! You must align yourself to receive leadership. You must receive the anointing and blessings of the village Elders' in order to effectively lead. You must endure your rites of passage, your initiation of service in order to serve. YOU MUST GO THROUGH IT, YOU CAN DO IT!

Youth ages 13 - 40 you must pay your dues! No one comes to the construction site as a Master, you must first start as an Apprentice and work your way up the food chain of leadership. Although my activism started in 1996 I was licensed a Minister in 1998 (Bethlehem Healing Temple / 12 S. Oakley)...I currently serve as Ambassador of Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago and has been affiliated with Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago since 2007.

If you are a young leader looking for a platform to serve please consider the below Churches and Organizations:

West Side of Chicago:
@ClarenceStowers (twitter)
Mars Hill Baptist Church

@IraAcree (twitter)
Greater St. John Bible Church

@PastorHannah (twitter)
New Life Church

@BishopHermanJac (twitter)
Ark of Safety Apostolic Church

Rev. Marshall Hatch

Rev. Walter Jones

Downtown Chicago
DeAnna Sherman

South Side of Chicago
Diane Latiker

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

Phillip Jackson

@drhoracesmith (twitter)
Apostolic Faith Church

@PastorHannah (twitter)
New Life Church

@CoreyBBrooks (twitter)
New Beginnings Church

@MichaelPfleger (twitter)
Faith Community of St. Sabina

@CharlesJenkins7 (twitter)
Fellowship Chicago

@om3 (twitter)
Trinity United Church of Christ

@revjamesmeeks (twitter)
Salem Baptist Church

@keepyoheadup (twitter)
Bethlehem Star M.B. Church

At the end of the day the number one place for at-risk youth, youth leadership and all leadership to be is Church. Especially at-risk teens, if you're an at-risk teen you should consider joining a Church - Church will provide you structure and positive role models of family. Join a Church ASAP! Just walk in any Church in Chicago and say "Jim Allen of Tha Movement University sent me".

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I'm asking all
Youth Leaders in Chicago,
let's help in this
great effort.
If you have a coat to
give away please call

Chiraq (HURTING) Black Chicago

The term Chiraq was created by rapper Chief Keef and his band of fatherless thugs. In short it means Chicago is more dangerous than Iraq and resembles Iraq relative to being a war torn City. The war in Chicago is centered around gang violence and the effects thereof. Basically gang violence is seen as sectarian violence in comparison to various foreign Countries.

Chief Keef is a known member of a re-organized faction of the Black Disciples street gang. I say re-organized because before his demise Jerome "Shorty" Freeman the patriarch of the Black Disciples used his energy and influence to change the image, philosophy and methodology of the Black Disciples by making the Black Disciples Nation centered around peace and redemption.

The image of Chiraq has circulated the globe. What people fail to understand is various Countries have Consulate Generals located throughout the Chicago, mostly Downtown. In 2009 I created and operated a program called THE ORDER OF SCHOLARS which was a summer youth program for girls and boys. The program operated mainly in Downtown Chicago. Each day participants of the program was given assignments to write about. They could write about any subject they wished. The program was educational first and recreational second. Among the many places I took my youth group were: BET Headquarters in Chicago, Ariel Capital Management, Amnesty International, Harold Washington Library, Millennium Park, True Star Magazine and of course several Consulate General offices.

One of the duties of the Consulate General is to provide his/her Country with a tourist report. The Consulate Generals office is also in place to help its people as it relates to transitioning from their home Country into their new place of residence, it also helps exchange students as well.

France has been told via their Consulate General and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform it's tourists when in Chicago AVOID the West Side of Chicago and the South Side of Chicago beginning at 59th street. To some this may not be a big deal, but to others such as myself I see this as another way to marginalize and stereotype African Americans and Hispanics who overwhelmingly live on the West and South Sides of Chicago.

Did you know the United Center is located on the West Side of Chicago? Did you know the mighty headquarters of the Rainbow Push Coalition and the Nation of Islam are located on the South Side of Chicago past 59th Street? Did you know the second richest street next to Michigan Avenue is (26th Street / Little Village) located on the Southwest Side of Chicago? Did you know the only Black news station celebrating 50 years WVON1690AM is located on the South Side of Chicago past 59th Street?

Who do we blame, do we blame Chief Keef and his promotion of the image of Chiraq? Do we blame Gangs? Or is the media to blame for continuously reporting gang violence in Black and Brown neighborhoods and communities?

According to Superintendent Garry McCarthy crime in Chicago is down, especially in comparison to the 1990's when tourism was at an all time high. No matter who's to blame rather the French Consulate General or the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they both are dead wrong in categorizing entire neighborhoods and communities as unsafe. An apology should be made for such racist ignorance.

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