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Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Author: Chad M. Johnson
September 10, 2016

Elevate International hosted what we hope to be an annual (at least) community engagement breakfast with our urban youth and the Phoenix Police Department. It was impactful to say the least! We felt that in these EXTREMELY tough and tense times our voice had to be heard in the most positive way we could express it! I felt that it would be a great starting place to spearhead some momentum toward reconciliation by giving our youth the opportunity to serve the police breakfast.... I believe that true steps toward real reconciliation only happen when we imitate what the Word of God teaches through Christ's example... To go to them, and get at their level (the gospel). Also to hear and seek to understand and be heard as well! There were great conversations as the youth and officers shared stories about their lives. We shed tears and laughed together. The young people prayed over the officers and it was powerful!!! The youth all were really overwhelmed by the kindness of the officers and encouraged by the steps that are being taken by the PD to make sure that more community involvement is taking place along with great accountability for the ones that don't uphold their noble position as public servants! I could write a book about the reasons/ need to host the day but in all it was a small step in the right direction and I pray that we ALL can seek to make a change. Not by finger pointing or shouting, but by serving and communicating to build bridges that strengthen our communities and nation!!! HUGE thanks to the City of PHX PD and all of our amazing @elevateint volunteers and youth!! I'm so proud of all of you and grateful to be a part of such an incredible day!


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