DECATUR, Ga.— DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, in partnership with DeKalb’s 100 Black Men, will host a youth violence prevention rally and summit Monday, June 27, 6 p.m.., in the gymnasium of the Exchange Park Intergenerational Center.
Johnson began his ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! campaign over five years ago to emphasize a comprehensive approach to crime prevention. This approach includes involving and working alongside young people in the community.
Johnson said the rally and summit are designed to bring the community together and remind our young people that they are loved, ranging from law enforcement to our community organizations. The event will aim to provide young people, their parents and the community with tools to resolve conflicts instead of resorting to violence.
The summit panel will consist of representatives from DeKalb’s 100 Black Men, Pastor Marlin Harris of New Life Church, Chief Ramos of the Dekalb County Police Department, Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson of Be Someone, Chris 180 (with special emphasis on Adverse Child Experiences) and Juvenile Court. Resources from Chris 180, the DeKalb Community Service Board, and Stand, Inc.
“Youth violence is becoming a significant issue in our community,” Johnson said. “As a community, we need to work with young people to let them know that violence is preventable, but most importantly, we love them and need them here. They are the future!
For more information, contact Commissioner Larry Johnson’s office at 404-371-2425 or visit www.commissionerlarryjohnson.com.