|June 25, 2011|
|12:00 pm||to||4:30 pm|
Columbia University’s Center for Youth Violence and Prevention has recently discovered that sexual and dating violence are extremely common among NYC youth. In their study, more than one in six young people reported experiencing sexual violence at some point in their lives.
Empowering Ourselves is committed to working to reduce violence among young people in New York City and cities across the nation.
In 2011, Empowering Ourselves is especially focused on combating youth violence. This campaign will begin with “A Rally to Promote Peace and Empower Young People” on June 25, 2011. The rally will take place in Raymond Bush Park, which is located next to Public School 44 at the corner of Monroe Street and Marcus Garvey Boulevard in Brooklyn, NY. The rally will be from 12pm-4:30pm.
Empowering Ourselves will provide free food, beverages, and t-shirts.
There will be inspirational speakers who will present alternative strategies to violence and conflict-resolution techniques. There will also be a showcase of talented young people: hip-hop dance performances, spoken word artists, singers, steel drummers, and music that does not normalize violence or encourage young people to view themselves negatively.
Come celebrate. Have fun. Be empowered.
About “Empowering Ourselves”
Empowering Ourselves is a program focused on empowering and uplifting
African American youth. It was featured on CNN in October 2010; the
story can be viewed at: http://www.empoweringourselvesnow.com