The University of Saint Francis and Fort Wayne UNITED will host an upcoming L.I.V.E. (Listening to input and voices through engagement) Forum. It’s a partnership between the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ Criminal Justice and Criminology Program and Fort Wayne UNITED. The event will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 at the University of Saint Francis North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring St. A reception with a light dinner will be held from 5:30-6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The L.I.V.E. Forum will feature a panel discussion that will focus on the importance of mentors for young black males in an effort to help our community be more united in promoting positive change, raising awareness and combatting homicides. Panelists will also share perceptions, perspectives and experiences.

Fort Wayne UNITED is a mayoral initiative started by Tom Mayor Henry in 2016. Under the direction of Iric Headley and a steering committee of local volunteers, it places two national efforts, Cities United and My Brother’s Keeper, into one program to provide positive opportunities and hope for black men and boys and make a meaningful difference with an emphasis on listening, input, letting voices be heard, and engagement.

Fort Wayne UNITED’s vision is for every black male in Fort Wayne to be respected and valued with an opportunity to reach their full potential. The mission is to advocate for and implement policies, practices and procedures to ensure equity and opportunity for black fathers, brothers and sons at home, work, school, and the community through collaborative efforts.

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