MAYOR’S VILLAGE INITIATIVE HOSTED YOUTH ALIVE AN EVENT TO PROMOTE PEACE & A RALLY AGAINST GUN VIOLE
Event held in honor of Gun Violence Awareness Month
West Palm Beach, FL (June 22, 2019) The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Village Initiative (MVI) hosted Youth Alive, an event to promote Peace & Healing, on Saturday June 22. – this free event was targeted for youth currently residing in the Historic Northwest, Coleman Park, and Pleasant City areas. However all local youth were welcome to attend. The event was created in honor of Gun Violence Awareness Month and was in collaboration with several community partners, including Healthier Neighbors, E-Road Map Corporation, The West Palm Beach Police Department, Mother’s Against Murderers Association (MAMA), The Mosaic Group, Livin the Rhythm-Drum & Dance, West Palm Beach Parks & Recreation, Digital Vibez, and ARWinn Scholar Consulting, Inc. The event took place at The Salvation Army Northwest Community Center, located on 600 N. Rosemary Avenue, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Youth Alive featured interactive & social activities, an open discussion on the effect of gun violence with local leaders & fellow youth, healing & coping mechanisms provided by local therapists, a historical look at Coleman Park, The Historic Northwest, & Pleasant City areas of the city, as well as a chance for all participants to sign a pledge taking a stand against violence. There was also a portion featuring the testimony of individuals that have experienced the impacts of gun violence in the community. Youth Alive falls under the crime prevention umbrella within MVI, an initiative that focuses on creating opportunities and reducing violence of African American boys and young men in the city.
“Our ultimate goal was to bring local youth together that would normally never have the chance to meet in a safe and neutral environment. We hope that this event gave them an opportunity to share their experiences and learn coping tools that can help them on a day-to-day basis.” said Kevin Jones, Coordinator of Community Initiatives.
For more information about Youth Alive or The Mayor’s Village Initiative, Contact Kevin Jones at
(561) 822-1415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.