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5K raises awareness about youth issues

6/20/2014, 4:12 p.m.

Kid and adults can take part in the 5K Run Walk 4 Youth on June 28 at Stone Mountain Park to raise awareness about high school dropout rates, childhood obesity, and juvenile deliquency.

The event, hosted by DUKES Foundation Corp., seeks to increase graduation rates among African-American and Hispanic students in metro Atlanta.

The current “status dropout” rate for black males is 8.7 percent compared with 5.4 percent for white males and 19.9 percent for Hispanic males, the foundation says.

It is also concerned about obesity, which affects 40 percent of Georgia’s children.

Horace Dukes, the foundation’s founder and CEO, said there will be refreshments, an awards ceremony, and entertainment.

Participants should enter the park at the West Gate. The start/finish line is at Old 78 West. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the walk/run kicks off at 8. To register visit http://5krunwalk.dukesfoundation.org. For more information, email dukesfoundation@dukesfoundation.org or call 404-419-6452.