4 Your Community: Pastors & former Colts player work to curb violence

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(Oct. 22, 2015) -- Antwan Houser describes himself as one of the younger community leaders in Indianapolis.  Houser started an organization called UPLIFT about three years ago after his mom became a victim to crime.

“My mom’s house was broken into, actually broken into when she was actually in the garage,” said Houser.

Houser and other pastors go to classrooms, gets kids involved in community service and also mentor to Indianapolis youth.

Houser said UPLIFT is different than other outreach groups because of the pastors and their age.

“I know when I was younger I wasn’t really listening to the 50, 60, 70 year olds,” said Houser.  “So I thought maybe if they saw somebody closer to their age group maybe that would help them.”

UPLIFT has a free Youth Expo on Saturday November 7th at Little Bethel Baptist Church Community Center, 3279 Winthrop Avenue.

There will be workshop sessions addressing violence and dealing with grief.  Law enforcement will be there, along with former Colts player and Ball State University football standout Corey Parchman.  CBS4 This Morning’s Tim Doty will emcee.

UPLIFT is still looking for community groups and organizations who want to work with Indianapolis youth to set up at the expo.  You can contact UPLIFT if you are interested.

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