The Calls to Action:
Invest in people.
Work better together.
Amplify youth leadership.
All children and youth feel and are safe.
A Plan to Reduce Youth Violence and Victimization
Let's be clear.
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE NOT TO BLAME FOR VIOLENCE.
YOUTH VIOLENCE IS THE RESULT OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AND INJUSTICE. WE MUST ADDRESS THESE SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS BY ADVANCING ANTI-RACISM WORK THROUGH COLLABORATION AND BOLD ACTION.
The disproportionate rates of violence experienced by young people within Greater East St. Louis will continue until society addresses the root causes of violence, including structural racism.
Not everything in life can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.