In January of 2012, the Saint Paul Circle of Peace, an Amicus-supported grassroots organization dedicated to decreasing youth violence, took 55 people to the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis to watch a live performance of “The Lion King.”
The Circle works with young people who have been involved in the juvenile justice system, helping them find their way to a more successful path by reconnecting with their community. The Circle has met weekly at Unity Church Unitarian for nearly two years, offering friendship, support and guidance to the younger participants and to each other. Many of the young Circle participants are residents of the Boys Totem Town juvenile detention facility or have been judicially assigned to the Evening Learning Center program.
Much of the performance’s audience that night in January went to the Orpheum to see the story of a lion finding his way back to Pride Rock. The Circle of Peace brought its own young lions.