Concert to help heal Ferguson attended by residents

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FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) – Soul singer Brian Owens hoped a concert he headlined Sunday on the parking lot of his Ferguson church will inspire adults to get involved in the lives of young people.   Owens worships at the Ferguson Heights Church of Christ and felt compelled to help Ferguson heal.

"I hope that everyone will take what happened to heart, put their feet to the ground, put their hands to the plow and really get involved," said Owens.

The Heal Ferguson Concert was a call for peace and unity.  One performer, Nao Yoshioka, traveled all the way from Japan.  Member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra also performed.  Owens was moved by a diverse turnout.  He said it's an example of the power of music.

"It's a neutral ground for people," said Owens.   "If I was doing something else, I don't know we could have gotten this many people out here."

The concert highlighted the Ferguson Youth Initiative.  The program provides mentoring for youth.  It also provides incentives for youth to complete the program.

"We had a computer program where if the students completed their class, they got a free computer," said board member Wesley Bell.  He said a bicycle program reward participants with a free bike.

"We also have a community service program that helps people with some of the issues of municipal courts," said Bell.

Owens says the Ferguson Youth Initiative is an example of how people can make a difference.  For more information go to: http://fyifergyouth.org/​

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