Alfonso Perez


Des Moines Public Schools


I was with Will from the very inception of the Movement. I’ve been a friend, pastor and mentor to Will in the engagement of community. There have been difficult moments consoling families, honoring a student’s life and dealing with the difficult side of violence, that he and I have walked through together.  Moreover, the evidence points to a guy I believe who carries a mantle for the Urban Core of Des Moines. Will has shown the real fruit of reconciliation, and has used a powerful medium to bring the message, the mandate and the manpower together to finally see some movement in reversing the violence.