Community leaders to develop strategies for fighting teen violence at May 3 town hall meeting

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546
steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
kisha.verdusco@detroitk12.org

Community leaders, activists, students, social workers and juvenile justice personnel from around Metro Detroit will meet Monday May 3 to discuss strategies for stemming the growing problem of teen violence in Detroit and around the nation.

“Stop Teen Violence – Time to Deliver” will take place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at YouthVille Detroit, 7375 Woodward Ave., Suite 2800. It will be the second in a three-part national series of town hall meetings to discuss the problem.

A live webcast of the event will be available on the Detroit Public Schools Web site, www.detroitk12.org.

The program, co-sponsored by Wayne County Juvenile Court and the American Bar Association Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, will include panel discussions on the legal system, community and business activism, mentoring, education and life skills. Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer will deliver the keynote address at 8:55 a.m. and participate in a Q&A session immediately following the speech.

More than 250 participants are expected, and panelists will include Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, N. Charles Anderson, president of Urban League of Detroit, Penny Bailer, executive directory of City Year, Frank McGhee, program director of Neighborhood Service Organization and Sharlonda Buckman, executive director of Detroit Parent Network and many more.

The goals of the three national town hall meetings are to:
– Organize and coordinate on a local and national level the experts and organizations involved in developing strategies to stop teen violence
– Assist in developing a national plan of action for all cities that are grappling with teen violence
– Publish and distribute a directory and resource guide with best practices and proposed projects that address teen violence.

The first meeting was held on Nov. 20 in Chicago and the third will be held in San Francisco in August.

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