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Jeffery L. Brown
Ten Point Coalition

Reverend Jeffery Brown is co-founder of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, which was started in 1992. The Ten Point Coalition is an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders working to mobilize the Christian community around issues affecting black youth--especially at-risk youth issues such as violence, drug abuse and other destructive behaviors.

In 1997, Reverend Brown helped launch the national Ten Point Leadership Foundation, an umbrella organization for churches interested in the Ten Point Plan. In 1999, Brown founded Ten Point International, designed with the same mission and focus as its parent organization. It serves as a technical resource entity for churches and faith-based groups around the world. In addition, Reverend Brown created Positive EDGE in 1993, which provides city street advocacy, court advocacy and outreach ministry for at-risk youth.

Reverend Brown is a Master of Divinity graduate of the Andover Newton Theological School. He also attended Harvard Divinity School, concentrating in American Church History. He is a recipient of numerous awards commending him on his dedication to the betterment and security of his community including the national Lyndhurst Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Community Service. He is the author of several articles on religion, youth and violence, a columnist for the Cambridge Chronicle, and is currently writing a book on the importance of innovative faith-based institutions in confronting violence and rebuilding community.

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