Posted by Joel Livingston on December 27, 2010 at 10:11 PM
With the rising threat of gangs and youth violence in Albany, children don’t know where to turn. Children growing up in Albany often find themselves drawn into seedy situations against their will. Whether it is peer pressure, or a feeling of despair for the future, many of today's youth fall prey to the allures of gangs, violence, and drugs.
During the Spring 2011 semester, Reclassifying All Children Equally (R.A.C.E.) Organization will be having our first campaign entitled “Choose Peace Stop Violence” Youth Campaign. Throughout the Spring semester, we will be spreading awareness about youth violence throughout the University at Albany community and the Albany community.
Here are ways on how we plan to spread awareness:
- Visiting ALL elementary, middle, and high schools in Albany and conducting gang prevention workshops. If you are a member of an organization/fraternity and interested in adopting a classroom, please email [email protected] If you are not a part of an organization or fraternity, we are also looking for groups of three.
- Conducting programs on the University at Albany campus related to juvenile justice, youth violence, at-risk youths, etc.
- “Imagine, Believe, & Achieve” Youth Summit, scheduled for April 2011.
- The Emerging Men of Tomorrow Mentoring Program (The mission of the “Emerging Men of Tomorrow” Mentoring Program is to provide a one on one mentoring relationship with troubled young men and positive, male role models, who will inspire these young men to realize their potential to succeed both in and out the classrooms).
- The Girls Rising Onto Womanhood (G.R.O.W.) Mentoring Program (The mission of the Girls Rising Onto Womanhood (G.R.O.W.) Mentoring Program is to mentor and empower at-risk girls in elementary and middle school to stay in school, excel academically, and go onto college).
Here are some other plans we have for our campaign:
- “Do The Write Thing” Essay Contest for local elementary and middle school students to discuss some ways on how youth’s in Albany can steer away from the negative influences in the community (One grand prize winner will receive a plaque and a $50 Crossgates Mall Gift Card).
- Youth Benefit Talent Show (All proceeds raised will be donated to a local charity to help underprivileged youths).
- “Invisible Children” Book Drive and a Pen Pals Program with kids in Northern, Uganda.
These are just some of the many ideas that R.A.C.E.Organization has in stored to make the “Choose Peace Stop Violence” Youth Campaign a success! We would like to thank the Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington D.C. and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA for providing us with tools and publications for our campaign. Stay tuned for more information about our campaign in the next few weeks!
Reclassifying All Children Equally (R.A.C.E.) Organization
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Est. November 4, 2009