In spite of the 9000 miles that lie between them -- both culturally and racially -- after listening to them discuss their passions for their work with troubled horses and at-risk youth, you might think Joe Guy and Ron Johnson were related.
While the average incarceration rate in the United States is 7 times the international average, for blacks the average rate is over 22 times the international average. The Youth PROMISE Act aims to address that.
The problems facing today's inner city students, particularly those with behavioral and emotional problems, are innumerable and daunting. The Linden Center is an example of a program that attempts to deal with these problems.
A major issue is the decline of young people attending church, coupled with a rise in gang recruitment. There is a lot that churches can learn from how gangs recruit and maintain a strong presence in the community.
It's time to see White House leadership for these at risk youth who are failing to receive the help they need and unnecessarily putting our communities at risk from both a public safety and a fiscal perspective.