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

859.299.0547 Voice     859.233.1999 Fax

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.”

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The First YouthAlert! (YA!) Event September 28,2013 was great!!!

The very first YouthAlert! (YA!) Youth Violence Prevention Event & Forum on Saturday, September 28, 2013 was a Success! Video, Transcript and Excerpts of the event will be posted soon and will be available to all! The Educational Content at this six hour Youth Violence Prevention Event and Forum was at an extraordinarily high level and may benefit those who were unable to attend the live event. 

Thank you to our Event Sponsors, Lunch Sponsors, Local Business and Organizations for their donations, our Speakers, Panelists, Volunteers, our A/V Tech Group and of course, Thank You to our Attendees!
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"Working to reduce violence should be a priority for all as violence diminishes the quality of life for individuals and imposes added cost to society at large. I commend Win The War! Against Violence's mission to reduce violence in the Commonwealth through educational awareness. I truly appreciate all that this organization has done to keep Kentuckians safe." The Honorable U.S. Representative Andy Barr, Sixth District, Kentucky

“As the head coach of the Kentucky Basketball program, my job goes beyond wins and losses on the basketball floor. It is our responsibility to help teach these young men not to only respect themselves, but everyone around them in the hopes of promoting the golden rule. I commend your organization for its efforts in getting the word out against youth violence in Kentucky. He’s to hoping that we in the Commonwealth can come together and attack this issue head-on and a make a difference.” John Calipari, Head Coach, University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball

"YouthAlert! brought together key community constituents to discuss promising approaches for violence prevention. This effort will no doubt continue to build the bridge between youth and adults to address violence in our community strategically and effectively.Dr. Melanie O. Matson, University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center


Great turn out.  It’s always a blessing to come together and share ideas and actually put forth action when it comes to dealing with youth and violence. Being proactive is the key so lets keep networking together and help our world and our communities become safer.Geo Gibson works for the Fayette County Attorney’s Office and is a M.A.D.E. mentor and facilitator


Thank you so much for including me in today's Youth Panel. I learned so much from all the panelists. Congratulations on a successful event and thanks again!!” Meredith Swim, Youth Panel Participant


"The conversation around violence prevention and guns, in our society is a conversation that needs to remain alive. A conversation that spawns life and not death.The conference was engaging, enlightening, and empowering.” Quincy Murdock, MSW, Martin Luther King Academy, Lexington, Kentucky


Voices of young and old both reminded us that we have to be intentional about paying attention to each other. What a necessary gift to hear it from each other; what an incredible challenge to go forth and show that we listened. I am appreciative of YouthAlert! for bringing us together for this amazing experience.Rabbi Marc Kline, Temple Adath Israel, Lexington, Kentucky


Thanks so much for allowing me to lend my voice in your conversation concerning the "War Against Violence". Great session, great work!! Be blessed.” Reverend Willis Polk, Imani Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky


I was so impressed by the young people who spoke…and inspired to think of how we can all do a better job listening to our youth before setting out to solve their problems for them. Natalie Thompson, Program Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, Lexington, Kentucky


I was honored and thankful to have been a part of YA-Lexington. I would recommend every professional that deal with youth, every parent, every teacher and every youth to attend an event such as this.” Diane Turner Minnifield, Assistant Fayette County Attorney, Lexington, Kentucky


It was great fun, knowing we were making a difference for those in attendance today, and for many more in the future who tune in. It is a real privilege to be able to work with you on this noble mission.” Judge John P. Schrader, Fayette County, Kentucky, Family Court   

I understand from my my MADE representatives that the conference went very well. Congratulations.” P.G. Peeples, Sr., President, CEO, Urban League of Lexington


THANKS for sharing. It looks like you had a great panel of speakers and a super program. THANKS for all that you do for our community and students.” John D. Price, Chair, Fayette County Kentucky School Board


You had a great panel and array of guest speakers, and we appreciate all your work!” Charlie Boland, Major Accounts, External Affairs Specialist, Kentucky American Water Company

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YouthAlert! (YA!) Lexington, KY

Free and Open to the Public

A free SIX-HOUR Live Event focused on reducing Youth Violence.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Lexington Public Library - William Stamps Farish III Theater

140 East Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507 859-231-5500
YouthAlert! (YA!) Lexington, KY where Youth and Adults meeet HALFWAY equally to reduce all violence. A is a SIX HOUR live Youth Violence Prevention Event & Forum. It includes Youth Violence Prevention Presentations, Speakers, Panels, Public Discussion, and Videos. Free Admission, Free Door Prizes, Free Snacks. Register via email or through our free smart phone app YouthAlert. Seating is limited (138 Seats). Come, Be Peaceful, and Your Voice will be Heard! Did U YA!

Attendee comments will be heard at this event and their input is essential to YouthAlert! (YA!) Lexington, KY success. A brief summary of YouthAlert! (YA!) Lexington, KY will be posted at this web page
YouthAlert! (YA!) Lexington, KY

Saturday, September 28, 2013 Program Schedule

9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (6 Hours)       Open to the Public        Cost: Free

Seating is limited for the Saturday, September 28, 2013 YouthAlert! (YA!) Lexington, KY (138 Seats).
E-mailed Reservations receive Seating Priority then Seating will be on a First Come, First Serve Basis at 9:45 AM
Thank You to our YA! Lexington, KY Sponsors
Also Thanks to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Walmart


Full Transcript YA! 9.28.13 57 Pages (PDF)


9:30 AM  - Welcome Address - Douglas A. Wain, Executive Director, Win The War! Against Violence  (YA! Lexington Event News Photo)

9:40   -  Keynote SpeakerRoy Woods, Chairman of the Fayette County Public Schools Equity Council  (YA! Lexington Event Photos). The Equity Council, created in 2010, monitors and analyzes equity issues, advises the Fayette County Board of Education and advocates for achievement for all students. The Equity Council advocate for all children regardless of their background and circumstances, and represent the equity conscience of the community.

9:45 AM  -  "A Moral Kid" A Youth Violence Prevention Presentation and Program - Presenter, Douglas A. Wain, Executive Director, Win The War! Against Violence (YA! Lexington Event Photos). 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. 

10:15 AM - Special Guest Speakers - Quincy Murdock, MSW, has worked in alternative education for 19 years. He obtained his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Mr. Murdock is the curriculum developer and facilitator of the M.A.D.E program. Logan Avritt IV, is the designer of M.A.D.E, a community program designed to enhance student academic success and decrease youth violence/gang involvement.  Mr. Geo Gibson works for the Fayette County Attorney’s Office and is a M.A.D.E mentor and facilitator. (YA! Lexington Event Photos)

11:15 AM  - Special Guest Speaker - Dr. Timir Banerjee, Founder, SPAVA (YA! Lexington Event Photos). 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.
11:30 AM  -  Special Guest Speaker Dr. Melanie O. Matson, University of Kentucky Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center (YA! Lexington Event Photos). The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center works with students, staff, faculty, and community partners toward the mission of eliminating the perpetration of power-based personal violence including sexual assault, partner violence and stalking. While our heart is ensuring that victims of violence are met with the very best support, compassion and services that is humanly possible - our passion is reducing the number of individuals who ever become victims of violence to begin with.

11:45  AM -  Special Guest Speaker - Natalie Thompson, Program Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass (YA! Lexington Event Photos). For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.


12:00 Lunch - Lunch Sponsors - Gattitown of Lexington,  Ale-8 One and Boyd Orchards

12:45 PM  - Adult Panel (6 Members) - Subject: "How can Adults and Youth meet HALFWAY to reduce violence?" (YA! Lexington Event Photos)

Fayette County Family Court Judge John Schrader John P. Schrader is a Judge for the Fayette County Family Court of the Twenty-Second Circuit, serving Fayette County of Kentucky. He joined the court in 2007. He previously was an  Attorney at  Sherrow, Schrader & Sutherland, PSC Lexington, Kentucky.

Rabbi Marc Kline, Temple Adath Israel, Lexington, KY - Rabbi Marc Aaron Kline of Temple Adath Israel (Lexington, Kentucky) was ordained in 1995, from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Rabbi Kline has taught Ethics, Philosophy, Religion and Government courses at the high school, college, and graduate school level for most of the last fifteen years. He also served as the Chair of the LFUCG Human Rights Commission for three years.

Reverend Willis Polk, Imani Baptist Church, Lexington, KY - Reverend. Willis G. Polk, I, is the Pastor of Imani Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. In 2013, he created the 3.4 mile weekly Prayer Walk Against Violence in Lexington KY.

Diane Turner Minnifield, Fayette County Attorney's Office, Lexington, KY- Diane Turner Minnifield served as a prosecutor in the Juvenile Division of this office for fifteen years until joining Child Support Enforcement in 2011. She maintains a private practice and serves as a hearing examiner for

the Lexington Fayette Human Rights Commission.

Linda Harvey, Director, Juvenile Restorative Justice, Lexington, KY - Linda Harvey is the full time volunteer Director of Juvenile Restorative Justice that provides case management and mediation services for adolescents at risk for the  court system (Family and District Courts), Court Designated Worker Office, middle and high schools.

Darlene Thomas, Executive Director, Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Lexington, KY - Darlene Thomas has worked as an advocate for families for 23 years. She is the Executive Director for the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program in Lexington, KY but has been fortunate to have served in multiple advocacy roles across the Commonwealth. Darlene has trained and educated community professionals regarding the issues of domestic violence locally, statewide, nationally and internationally.

1:45 PM - Youth Panel (Ages 15 to 24) (4 Members) - Subject: "How youths and adults meet HALFWAY to reduce violence?" (YA! Lexington Event Photos)

2:45 PM -  PSA Video Show - A Showing of Short Anti-Violence Videos that include President Barack Obama, Vice President Biden, David Beckham, Snoop Lion, Russell Simons, Samuel Jackson, Lady Gaga, David Ortiz, Beyonce, Chris Brown and more.

3:30 PM - End YouthAlert! (YA!) Lexington, KY, September 28, 2013

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YouthAlert! (YA!) Lexington, KY - Door Prizes - Sept. 28,2013

(free gifts given throughout the event)(one per person)

Two - Texas Roadhouse $30 Gift Certificates     Photo
Three - Lexmark Impact S301 Printers      Photo
Four - Lexington Legends PRESIDENTIAL SEATS for 2014  Photo
Two - Wildcat Wearhouse $25 GifCertificates     Photo
Two - A & W Root Beer Mugs     Photo
One - Morris Book Shop $15 Gift Card    Photo
One - $25 Gift Certificate toward Workshop/Seminar - Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, Lexington, KY    Photo
Free Lexington Euro Car Sticker for All Attendees - Courtesy of Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau    Photo
One - Green Dot Gear Prizes     Photo
Two - Free Tickets to the Lexington Children's Theater    Photo
One - Keeneland Gift Basket - Courtesy of Keeneland Association Inc.     Photo
Free Hand Fan or Frisbee for All Attendees - Courtesy of Kentucky Utilities (KU)
One - Signed Football by U.K. Football Coach Mark Stoops     Photo
One - Gift Box from the Parkette Diner, Lexington KY     Photo
One - Package of Supplies - Courtesy of     Photo
One - $25 Gift Card for Speedway - Courtesy of The National Partnership for Juvenile Services   Photo


Public Questions and Comments can be made throughout the entire event through our free smart phone app called YouthAlert on iPhone, iPad &  Android.

There will also be a microphone for Public Questions, Comments and some Speeches at all YouthAlert! (YA!) Events
YouthAlert! (YA!) Event News! (Photos, Videos and Transcripts), will be posted here at
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