Project Murua Boot Camp at 7pm tonight at Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis, graduates its first class of parents who have developed new skills to protect their children from violence. Project Murua (Swahili for respect) Boot Camp for Parents provides essential training and peer support parents need to raise their kids.
Project Murua Boot Camp provides parents with knowledge, skills and resources to engage in responsible, respectful parenting strategies that promote wellness and reduce violence among high-risk youth ages 8 to 18.
Research shows that violence disproportionately affects African American youth in Minneapolis:
From 2000-2003, fifty-eight percent (58%) of deaths among African Americans ages 15-24 in the Minneapolis were the result of a homicide.
The firearm mortality rates among African American males ages 15-24 is eight times greater than for all males in that same age range and fifteen times greater than the rate for all ages, races and genders combined.
In this environment, too many African American parents in Minneapolis say that they feel as if they are fighting a battle for their children and are ill-equipped to handle the challenges of parenting youth who are inundated with exposure to drugs, guns, gangs and death.