Operation Save Our Sons
The National Objectives:
Operation Save Our Sons is a national initiative, launched in
Jacksonville, Florida, designed to equip teenage males, particularly
African-American with the life skills needed to be successful and
productive. This initiative, which creates partnership between several
organizations, was founded by Dr. John E. Guns, Senior Pastor of the St.
Paul Church of Jacksonville, Inc., and is designed to inspire males to
strive for excellence for the sake of their personal future, the
community, and the country. The Operation Save Our Sons initiative will
empower young boys to maximize their potential for positive civic impact
through contributions to their families and their community.
The National Goals:
Operation Save Our Sons primary goal is to educate. In educating our
future leaders; we intend to increase promotion and graduation rates in
Schools around the Country.
Through education the following goals will be met:
Initially, we believe by increasing academic achievement, it will reduce
the incarceration of youths by at least 40%.
Build and Improve Father-Son Relations:
In building, and in some cases, developing Father-Son relationships, we
will strengthen families and create a stronger family unit.
Post-Secondary Preparedness and Job Training:
We intend to adequately prepare boys for better life skills that will
increase the number of graduating seniors, encourage post-secondary
education, and promote both job training and armed forces entrance.
These concepts will in turn reduce arrest and incarceration (both which
have a dramatic effect on tax payers), as well as relieve additional
economic burdens imposed on our communities in regards to the criminal
By providing financial literacy and training, we intend to develop a
sense of pride and self-sufficiency that will lead to our target group
living a more productive and fulfilling life, while reducing the chances
of becoming prey to the criminal justice system.
We will, through a well structured leadership team, develop a program
called the DIFFERENCE-MAKERS; equipping boys with the skill set to
manage life and make healthy decisions.
With so many potential life altering situations facing boys, we will
prepare them through trainings and mentoring groups to successfully
navigate these "moments".
Our National Plans
Operation Save Our Sons plans to develop program modules while
partnering with existing community based after-school programs in every
major city in America. These programs will target boys from ages 6-12
and 13-18. We will also train after school program staff to implement
Operation Save Our Sons curriculum designed for each age group, while
working one-on-one with the targeted age group through mentorships,
ensuring our objectives are met.
Dr. John E. Guns, Founder/President
Dwayne Thomas, National Executive Director
Sharon Banks, National Director of Program Development
Kenneth Adkins, National Director of Communications/Special Projects
Rikeeda Holmes-Jordan, National Director of Event Planning
National Board of Directors
Dr. John E. Guns, Founder/Chairman
Ken Jefferson, Vice Chairman
Sharon W. Grant, Secretary
Bracy Taylor, Treasurer