President Barack Obama recently announced the launch of his My Brother’s Keeper Initiative through the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Working with foundations and businesses, and faith and community leaders, this initiative will take a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color.

In anticipation of this opportunity in East Baton Rouge Parish, Reclamation and Restoration Ministries will provide free mentor training for Southern University, LSU and Baton Rouge Community College male students and other men of color ages 18 and above.

The training will initiate the recruitment of mature adult male mentors to meet the target area’s anticipated need for mentors for boys and young men ages 6 to 25 who are in at-risk situations, including students who reside in neighborhoods with high rates of crime and poverty; children in foster care; children of returning citizens; out-of-school youth; and youth to be released from custody of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice to East Baton Rouge Parish.

The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, concluding with a free hot lunch and fellowship period.

The training will be held at Emmett W. Bashful/Huel D. Perkins Fellowship and Activity Center of the Greater First Church, 4669 Groom Road, Baker.

Successful completion of mentor training, screening and match process will qualify the mentor to give one hour per week of one-on-one mentoring services for a one-year commitment.

For more information, call (225) 778-4788.