SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Helping others put education first is what Dr. Robert Harper has done with his HOPE initiative across ArkLaTex and other parts of the country.
“Statistics show that the more education you have, the less likely you are to commit a crime,” he said. “So we’re using a college and career readiness foundation to prepare these young people for the transition to adulthood to prepare for life after high school.”
They offer a plethora of services like college, career and life preparation programs, and social justice workshops. Last year, students were able to participate in a workshop with former NFL player and Shreveport native Lifford Hobley. Additionally, some members of law enforcement in Shreveport have gone undercover as regular people in hopes of bridging the gap in the community.
“What we did was we did a social justice workshop where we had police officers, ex-players, a high school student-athlete, and what we did was evaluations of self-discovery and an ACT preparation component,” Harper said.
Now he calls on the community to join us. Francine Brown of Seniors First is one of them.
“This is a call to action and we want more business and law enforcement people to get involved in our initiative to help build our children in a special way,” he said. she stated.
Harper said they will soon be hosting a conference to discuss gun violence in New Orleans to bring this information back to help Shreveport.
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