People often say that motivation doesn't last

People often say that motivation doesn't last.

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar

Here is something to motivate you to become more involved in improving your community:

Chicago battles rise in teen murders
Recent wave of violence includes 20 students killed since September. High School Crane High School students, friends and supporters hold a memorial March 10 outside the school for student Ruben Ivy, 18, who was shot and killed outside the Chicago school on March 7.

The number of violent deaths involving students in the nation's third-largest school district has increased so dramatically in the last two years that police are increasing school patrols and soon will be the first department in the country with live access to thousands of security cameras mounted outside — and inside — schools.

Chicago Public Schools is one of the only urban districts to track how many students are killed by guns — though none of the slayings have occurred on school property.

Nationally, homicide was the second-leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24 in 2004, and of those killed, 81 percent were killed with a firearm, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chicago's overall homicide rate, like that in other major cities, dropped to a record low in 2007. But the murders that do occur are hitting young people hard, frightening students and parents, and prompting everyone from Mayor Richard M. Daley to activists to call for action.

Pretty shocking isn't it? The worst thing is that it seems that there is not much any one person can do to make an impact. Fortunately there is some action you can take in your community right now. Help us build the F.E.T.C.H. Program so that we may prevent this onslaught of youth crime. and mayhem.

The F.E.T.C.H. Program started out primarily focusing on using Information Technology as our major tool for skills training, as a unique approach to neighborhood crime-prevention and gun-violence reduction. However we have since then grown into much more than a technology driven teaching agency.

With more resources we could increase our outreach to include the young people we read about across the country in news releases like the one I just shared with you.

Come follow me to the F.E.T.C.H. Program website ( and become a member, make a monetary donation, volunteer to help us teach, donate computers, sponsor a family improvement plan, offer an internship, donate a meal plan, share a motivational word, encourage someone to change their life-style, so that together we can make a difference in the lives our families and juveniles nation-wide.