RAISING KINGS WEEK 2018 was a huge success!! 

We sincerely thank all of our partners, volunteers and the more than 1300 fathers, sons, families and community members who registered to join us in living the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!!

It was a truly historic experience that began with a $1,000 cash prize, won by Elijah Jones, and culminated with an absolutely unforgettable evening at the Mitchell Center for African American History. The Raising Kings BHIM Awards celebrated Black History In the Making in elegant fashion with live performances by Joshua Morris and Maya Belardo. And the highly sought after silent auction grand prize, an on-site work of art by Terrance Vann, put us over the top of our fundraising goal! 

​If you missed any of the Raising Kings 2018 Week of Action check out what the News Journal and USA Today had to say, and hear more about our year round work at Ferris School For Boys and other community sites. Please tag us in your photos and check out ours at One Village Alliance!

Raising KINGS is a collaborative commitment to change the image and expectations of African American males by elevating the level of positive male engagement in the lives of boys. One Village Alliance leads this effort to build capacity among Men and Boys of Color by leveraging the community’s existing assets, resources and connections. Raising Kings creates a platform to redefine success and teach healthy manhood through exposure and education. With a strength-based approach, this initiative interrupts the generational crisis of failure to create a counter-culture of fortitude, greatness, cultural awareness and self respect.

RK: Data Driven Need

African American males are disproportionately represented in nearly every negative statistic across the United States. The disparities among Men and Boys of Color span physical and mental health, education, employment and life expectancy. Wilmington is no exception and, in fact, has some of the highest disparities per capita in the nation. 

  • Wilmington, Delaware consistently ranks in the top five highest homicide rates in the country. During a record breaking 2010, every victim but one was an African American male…
  • 85% of African American youth in Wilmington are growing up without an adult male in the home.
  • 87% of incarcerated black males report being raised in a fatherless home
  • More than 60% of males underachieving academically result in high school drop-out
  • The $87,965 national average cost for juvenile detention is disproportionately spent on Black males
  • One in 15 black males in America over the age of 18 are currently incarcerated