Groups seek mentors to stop city violence

April 8, 2010 4:34:31 PM PDT
Community leaders are looking for a few good mentors to help stop the violence in Chicago's toughest neighborhoods.

The Black Star Project is joining almost 50 other groups to recruit thousands of men and women to guide the city's at-risk youth. Organizers say more than 40 people were shot in a 26-hour period last week. And volunteers can help save children from gun violence and improve communities.

"They're going to mentor children. They're going to clean up communities. They're going to walk peace patrols on public transportation. They're going to work with our elderly," said Phillip Jackson, The Black Star Project.

The groups say the call for mentors can be a national model to help prevent violence.