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Every February we celebrate the birth of Rising Sons and also the lost of our beloved Rising Stars member Azim Chaplin. Azim joined the Rising Sons’ after-school program at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in 2010 when he was in the 5th Grade. Azim participated in the program up until his death, which was a week after his 14th birthday and 4 months before his 8th grade graduation. During his time with us he served as the poster-child and peer-appointed leader of the Rising Stars group. All of the other program participants really looked to Azim for motivation and direction. Azim has appeared in a number of Rising Sons’ PSA videos and publications on behalf of the organization’s Rising Stars program. Most noticeably was a multi-page spread in the Black Enterprise Magazine which features a picture of Azim Chaplin along with Rising Sons member Darrell Daniels, Co-Founders Alex Peay and Mubarak Lawrence. Azim had transformed from a struggling 5th grade student with behavioral problems into a mature honor roll student looking to matriculate on to High School and College. Azim will forever be missed and his spirit will live on throughout the work of our organization’s youth outreach programs. Azim’s life and death is a constant reminder of the violence that plagues our neighborhoods and the minds of our youth. If you are reading this we ask that you take the time to support and guide a young person in the community; because unfortunately this issue will not end with Azim.
February 9th 2000- February 16th 2014
Rising Stars is Rising Sons Right-of passage program for young boys grades 6th-12th. The programming provides activities and opportunities for our to gain confidence, become a team player, enhance their leadership capabilities and understand the importance of civic responsibility. Activities include public speaking, field trips, community service and mentorship