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PO Box 11037 Lexington KY 40512-1037
425 South Hubbards Lane, No. 333, Louisville KY 40207

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Our Mission:To bring about a reduction in youth violence, and improve the health and safety of children and youth, though education, volunteerism, and teamwork.”

The 2nd YouthAlert! (YA!) on Saturday, December 7, 2013 was Amazing!! Thank you to the Participants and Sponsors! 

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"Thank you for inviting me to join you this morning. Although I am unable to be there in person, I am proud to add my voice to all those here who are committed to reducing violence in our community and across the Commonwealth." "Thank you for your dedication. I am proud to support these efforts at home and in Congress, and I will continue to stand with you to reduce violence in our community and though out our country." The Honorable U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, Third District, Kentucky

"Thank you for the invitation to participate in your War Against Violence program, but our game Saturday prohibits me from participating in person. I applaud your for your efforts in seeking to diminish violence throughout our state. I often talk to our players about the value of life and why it's important to make wise decisions, not only for their future, but also for the future of the their families." "I believe there a many young people who work hard to overcome difficult situations and choose the right path." University of Louisville Men's Basketball Head Coach Rick Pitino.

"Thank you for organizing such a quality event! I’m sure everyone in attendance gained new knowledge and shared it with others. Keep up the great work.Anthony Smith, Director for Safe Neighborhoods, Office of the Mayor, Louisville, Kentucky

"We appreciate all your efforts and WLKY was honored to help sponsor the forum." Debbie Roberson, Program and Community Affairs Coordinator, WLKY-TV-32, Louisville, Kentucky

"I truly enjoyed myself. I now have connection  to other organizations that can help my parents. Please let me know when your next event will happen." Carol Smith, Parent Teachers Association (PTA) President, Central High School Louisville, Kentucky Third Vice President, PTA, Jefferson County

"Thank you for inviting me to present today. I feel it opened some eyes to how major a health issue suicide is in Louisville." Stephen Ulrich, Co-Chair, Metro Louisville Suicide Prevention Group. Board Member, Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group. Member, American Federation of Suicide Prevention Louisville Chapter

"What a great event! The overall message through the entire program was we the Adults Men & Women, must unify collectively and more active to combat our neighborhood." MeShorn Daniels, Founder, Chair, Man-Up Louisville, Kentucky

"Thank you and your wife for your commitment and compassion to raise awareness and for calling to action, both the individual and organizational forces needed to eradicate violence and to promote conflict resolution in our community. Please do not hesitate to contact me as we march forward to victory." Aukram Burton, Multicultural Education/Diversity, Jefferson County Public Schools, Diversity, Equity and Poverty Programs

"Continue the good work, it's much needed. I look forward to working with you in the future as you strive to end youth violence." Shawn L. Gardner, MSCM, President, Founder, 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to address the gathering.” “I think that Youth Alert is a great forum for the discussion of how  to end youth violence, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.” Ramzi Sabree, MSSW, Coordinator of Navigators Programming & Agency Evaluation, Peace Education Program, Louisville, Kentucky.  

“We were excited to participate in the Youth Alert Youth Violence Prevention Forum last Saturday that created a space where youths, parents, and community members came together to discuss ways that we can work together to reduce violence in Louisville.” “The connections built between community members and organizations will strengthen the bonds necessary achieve grassroots change.” Eric Kleppe-Montenegro, PACT In Action’s Youth Coordinator, Lousivlle, Kentucky

“I wasn’t sure what to expect from the event, but found the focus on youth violence in our community to be helpful. It’s important to pause and learn each other’s information and services.  With the timing being in the days following Nelson Mandela’s death, just about everyone mentioned his impact on peace in South Africa, and indeed throughout the world. Your flexibility in permitting and embracing this remembrance was healing, and like Mandela, visionary.” Jeri Swinton, Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Louisville, Kentucky

YouthAlert! (YA!) News! - Louisville, KY

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Free Youth Violence Prevention Event & Forum

"Where Youths & Adults meet HALFWAY to Reduce Violence"

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage (KCAAH) Russell Hall

1701 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard Louisville, KY 40203 (at the intersection of 18th St. and Muhammad Ali Blvd. in West Louisville)

The new KCAAH will speak with the unique voice of the African-American People of Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. It's prgrams, exhibits and activities will clebrate the cultural, political, historic, and artistic contrubutions African-Americans have made to the region.

YouthAlert! (YA!) Louisville, KY is a SIX HOUR live Youth Violence Prevention Event & ForumIt includes live Youth Violence Prevention Programs, Guest Speakers, Audience Participation and Discussion, both Adult and Youth panels discussing ways both Youths and Adults can meet Halfway, equally, to reduce all violence. Everyone’s opinion at YouthAlert! (YA!) Louisville, KY is important. Come, Be Peaceful, and Your Voice will be Heard! Did U YA!

PROGRAM SCHEDULE- YouthAlert! (YA!) Louisville, KY December 7, 2013 (Program Schedule PDF)

10:00 AM  - Welcome Address - Douglas A. Wain, Executive Director, Win The War! Against Violence     VIDEO

10:15 AM - Keynote Address - Anthony Smith, Director for Safe Neighborhoods, Office of the Mayor, Louisville, Kentucky. Appointed by Louisville, Kentucky Mayor Greg Fischer on February 19, 2103. Anthony Smith works with business and civic organizations, schools, government and police to create a holistic approach to address the root causes of violence in Louisville. Mr. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and since 2008 has been Director of Network Organizing for the Network Center for Community Change (NC3) in Louisville. In that role, he brought churches, businesses, civic groups and citizens together to address a wide variety of community challenges, from education improvement to vacant properties. He began his career in 1997 as a caseworker in the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, preparing paternity cases for court. He later worked for the Louisville Urban League and for Jefferson County Public Schools as a career planner in adult education.

10:29 AM  - First YouthAlert! (YA!) Peace Awards Presentation - One Award for an Adult "YA! Did Good!and One Award for a Youth, "YA! The Best!"

Anthony Smith, Director for Safe Neighborhoods, Office of the Mayor, Louisville, Kentucky, was  awarded the first "YA! Did Good!" YouthAlert! (YA!) Peace Award on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

10:30 AM – Special Guest Speaker - Aukram Burton, Multicultural Education/Diversity, Jefferson County Public Schools, Diversity, Equity and Poverty Programs. Mr. Burton will  deliver a message of Ubuntu. What is Ubuntu? (oo-BUUN-too). Ubuntu originates from Zulu/Xhosa people of South Africa. It is an African worldview or philosophy focusing on people's allegiances and relations with each other. Ubuntu simply means: "I am what I am because of who we all are."Aukram Burton is an educator, media artist, and media producer. He currently works as a specialist in the Department of Diversity, Equity and Poverty Programs, for the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). His educational background include studies at the New England School of Photography; B.A in Art, and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts, Boston; and a research fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Advanced Visual Studies. Aukram currently serves on a number of boards including: Greater Louisville Alliance of Black School Educators; Kentucky Center for African American Heritage; Louisville Public Media; Metropolitan Housing Coalition; YouthBuild Louisville. In 2012, Aukram was appointed Commissioner on Metro Louisville Human Relations Commission, by Mayor Greg Fischer.

11:15 AM - Special Guest SpeakerRamzi Sabree, MSSW, Coordinator of Navigators Programming & Agency Evaluation, Peace Education Program, Louisville, Kentucky. Ramzi Sabree joined Peace Ed in 2008. He has a Masters in Social Work and is Peace Ed's Coordinator of Navigators Programming and Evaluations.  As a former youth participant in Peace Ed's program, he mentors young men exposed to high levels of conflict. The Peace Education Program strengthens communities and schools by training youth and adults to build and sustain positive relationships. We do this by providing learning experiences to reduce violence, enhance personal integrity and foster mutual respect. We teach conflict resolution, peer mediation and prejudice reduction.

12:30 PM - Special Guest Speaker - Khalilah V. Collins, Project Manager for PACT in Action, a community based, youth led, teen dating violence prevention project of the Center for Women and Families and KentuckyOne Health whose work is focused in the 40210 neighborhoods of the city. (Filling in for Khalilah V. Collis was Eric Kleppe-Montenegro, PACT in Action's Youth Coordinator and a member of PACT in Action's Youth Advisory Board.)

2:30 PM - Special Guest Speaker -  Jeri Swinton, Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. Jeri Swinton has served as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana for 24 years.  She is the former Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe County in Bloomington, Indiana; previous director of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program in Wichita Kansas; and former assistant director at a Wichita domestic violence shelter. She graduated with her M.S.W. from the University of Kansas with an emphasis in community organizing.Through Jeri’s leadership, BBBS of Kentuckiana has grown from serving 100 children to over 1,200 each year. The agency has served as the beta site for a participant data management system that measured quality and performance, named as GLI’s 2010 Small Business of the Year.

11:40 AM -  Special Guest Speaker - Dr. Timir Banerjee, Founder, Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence among Adolescents (SPAVA). In response to the 1997 Heath High School shooting tragedy in Paducah, KY, Dr. Timir Banerjee founded the Society for the Prevention of Aggressiveness and Violence among Adolescents (SPAVA), a non-profit, 501c3 organization to teach both students and adults a non-violent approach to life. Community volunteers mentor and present interactive programs teaching compassion, acceptance of others, anger management, respect, self-confidence, and much more to youth and parents in the Louisville Metro area. We have had the pleasure of teaching more than 2200 children between Louisville and Canada and we are grateful to have had 75 wonderful mentors over the years who have taught more than 70 classes. We want to thank all the teachers, principals of the public schools, Catholic schools and Lutheran Schools, and all our mentors who helped our children SHINE.


1:00 PM - Special Guest Speaker - MeShorn Daniels, Founder, Chair, Man-Up Louisville, Kentucky. Originally from Miami, Florida, Mr. Daniels has been a resident of Louisville for the last 17 years. He has used his training in the U.S. Military to develop this special Man-Up Program, part of Service for Peace.. This program helps people regain their footing and stand tall and help them recover from experiences that left them broken and defenseless.
2:00 PM  -  Special Guest Speaker - Stephen Ulrich, Co-Chair, Metro Louisville Suicide Prevention Group. Board Member, Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group. Member, American Federation of Suicide Prevention Louisville Chapter.
2:45 PM - Special Guest Speaker - Shawn L. Gardner, MSCM, President, Founder, 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families. Shawn Gardner is a conflict management practitioner with a concentration on responsible fatherhood and family. He holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Management from Sullivan University, which allows him to assist individuals with understanding and managing conflict in their personal and professional life as a dynamic and motivational speaker.  With more than a decade of problem solving experience, Shawn Gardner has developed a keen insight of how to analyze a problem and develop ways to solve them and utilizes his skills as President and Founder of 2NOT1 Fatherhood and Families.  2NOT1 is a recognized not-for-profit organization that helps fathers overcome barriers that prevent them from being responsible fathers. 


3:00 PM - Special Guest Speaker -Carol Smith, Parent Teachers Association (PTA) President, Central High School Louisville, Kentucky Third Vice President, PTA, Jefferson County.

3:10 PM  - Youth Panel Sponsored by YMCA Safe Place ServicesLouisville, KY Moderated Quan A. Founder. Quan A. Founder is a Senior Youth Worker at YMCA Safe Place Shelter House.  He began his career at Safe Place in 2006. Quan has a passion for teaching young people and working with families toward conflict resolution.  He applies real life experience to teaching through a series of Life Skills at Safe Place and also coaches the athletic program, which serves as an after-care program for the teens that he works with.  Mr. Founder is a graduate of Central High School and attended Berea College in Kentucky as well as Colorado Tech. YMCA Safe Place Services is a unique service branch of the YMCA of Greater Louisville.  Because of the prevalence of runaways and “throw away” teens in the seventies and their vulnerability to extreme risk factors the federal government created Runaway and Homeless Youth funding to support shelters across the United States that were able to provide help to these young people.  In 1974 with the help of The National Council of Jewish Women, the Junior League of Louisville and our own YMCA of Greater Louisville Shelter House was created to meet the immediate needs of teens who were living on the street; to this day, it is the only shelter specifically for this age group in Louisville and the only place in town where any youth can self refer for our services absolutely free of charge.

3:30 PM - "A Moral Kid" A Youth Violence Prevention Presentation and Program - Presenter, Douglas A. Wain, Executive Director, Win The War! Against Violence, Lexington, Kentucky. Some of the locations where "A Moral Kid" was presented include, Louisville KY Juvenile Detention Center, Louisville KY Youth Services, Muhammad Ali Center, Jefferson County KY Public Schools/Safe and Drug-Free Schools Office, Kentucky Court Designated Workers (CDW), Kentucky Family Court Judges, KY Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, KY Juvenile Detention Center, Lexington KY Youth Services, Kentucky, Community Action Kentucky (CAK), Arbor Youth Services KY, Fayette Country KY Public Schools/Equity Council, U.S. Dept. of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Office of Violence Against Women (OVAW), U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), National Guard Bureau (NGB), Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD), YMCA Black Achievers, and more. Over 80 percent surveyed after viewing this presentation said it could stop someone from doing violence.

3:45 PM -  Special Video Presentation by WLKY32-TV  The Real Impact of Local Violence” Louisville, Kentucky. WLKY's investigation, the Real Impact of Local Violence, gave a stunning snapshot of the fallout from violent crime on Louisville's streets. By Duane Pohlman

4:00 PM - End of YouthAlert! (YA!) Louisville KY, December 7, 2013


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