Prayer group starts organization to inspire youth and decrease violence in Capital City

Prayer group starts organization to inspire youth and decrease violence in Capital City
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POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 5:34pm

One group is taking the city's crime problem into their own hands. They hope to tackle the issue with prayer rallies and by talking to young kids.

"This is a Baton Rouge thing and it affects all of us," says Baton Rouge resident, Chester Scholfield.

Crime and violence surrounds the Capital City and it’s far too common to avoid or overlook.

“I don't want to see anymore sons dying - that type of thing," noted Scholfield.

That's where THiNK comes into the picture. 

THiNK stands for Thinking, Helping, Inspiring, and Not Killing. It’s an organization formed by a prayer group nearly a year ago because they knew prayer could only go so far.

Gerald Ravasio, Scholfield, and four others came up with a plan.

"Inspiring young people to say, "hey, let's think about my future. What my destiny is,'" said Ravasio.

“We need to help children think differently about their future, that there is a way other than what they see,” stated Schofield.

THiNK was formed to not just help the city alongside politicians and police but to also inspire all of us to take action.

“We put the small I because there is no I in team, but there is an I in think and we want people to think what can I do to address this problem," said Ravasio.

With an idea along with hope, THiNK hopes to make the future of the Capital City a little brighter.

“I’ve got to make a difference. I cannot sit solid and let a city I know has a lot of positive attributes not get the attention that it rightfully deserves,” noted Scholfield. “We know it's going to take a long time and were in it for the long run."

THiNK is having a peace rally on June 1, 2013. It will begin at 3873 Choctaw Dr. which is in the Piggly Wiggly parking lot.

The event will last from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is open to the public. There will be guest speakers, music, food, and drinks.

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