Office of Youth Development to hold Justice Sunday kickoff events
BATON ROUGE, La. – Kick-off events for the Justice Sunday Initiative will be held at the three juvenile secure care facilities operated by the Office of Youth Development (OYD). OYD joins hundreds of community groups throughout Louisiana and the nation in presenting community service projects designed to bring people together, in honor of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Swanson Center for Youth (SCY), 4701 S. Grand St., Monroe, Friday, January 12, 1 p.m.
Featured speaker: Ouachita Parish Police Jury President Walt Caldwell
"I Have a Dream” Basketball Tournament – Friday, January 12, 2 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity Project: Youth will continue working with Habitat for Humanity. They have already helped to build three homes for area families, framing the homes, putting on the rooves, and building cabinets.
Bridge City Center for Youth (BCCY), 3225 River Road, Bridge City, Sunday, January 14, 2 p.m.
Restoring Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Project
BCCY has partnered with the Jefferson Parish Park Commission, the LA Cooperative Extension Service and Delgado Community College to grow oak trees that will be planted as part of the Re-build New Orleans project.
Jetson Center for Youth (JCY), Highway 61, Baker
Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 15, 1 p.m. , Featured speaker: Rev. Raymond Jetson
2 p.m. Press Conference and Ribbon Cutting - Governor Kathleen Blanco
Sowing Seeds of Love Community Project
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will open the newly refurbished greenhouse at JCY, where youth will grow plants as a part of a restorative justice project. In May, youth will give plants to their mothers/guardians and deliver plants and cards to area nursing home residents for Mother's Day.
Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has announced that Louisiana will be the first state to kick off a year-long statewide Justice Sunday Service Initiative honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under the auspices of the National Alliance of Faith and Justice, communities across the state and the nation will participate in projects throughout the year that bring people together through service and reflect the principles of justice, service and equality that Dr. King espoused.
Louisiana is the first state to focus on volunteerism based on Dr. King’s ideals of community service and life as a public servant. The Justice Sunday National Continuum calls for these projects to continue throughout the remainder of the year. Participation in King Day of Service activities has grown yearly since Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act in 1994, calling on Americans to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of citizen action.