April 3-7th is National Youth Violence Prevention Week!

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The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth violence.

Read on to find out how programs at the Mediation Center are supporting this week, demonstrating the positive role young people can have in making the community safer, as well as a list of activities happening through various Mediation Center programs we invite you to be a part of!

YO S.O.S. has four Arts To End Violence workshops scheduled this week, three social justice and anti-bullying workshops, and one interactive theater performance at the Red Hook Community Justice Center on Tuesday, April 4th.

HER LIFE participants have two workshops this week focusing on social media and how it contributes to violence and social media “Do’s and Don’t’s.”

Tuesday April 4th- Free Yoga for Self Care class for teens and young adults at Jewel City Yoga 660 Franklin Ave.

Thursday April 5th- Theater of War, a free, interactive performance of scenes from Sophocles’ Ajax, an ancient play about the visible and invisible wounds of war. The event is open to everyone, including veterans and their communities, students, artists, and concerned citizens. Each performance is followed by a powerful audience discussion led by our very own community panelists David Gaskin, S.O.S. Crown Heights program manager and and Hailey Nolasco, planner for the Bed-Stuy Anti-Violence Project. This groundbreaking project is designed to promote understanding, compassion, and positive action.

Friday April 7th- Members of the YO S.O.S. Youth Council will be painting messages of peace and spring cheer in local storefront windows for the first ever installation of Kingston Spring Windows.
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