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February 11, 2009 > Community forum focuses on youth violence

Community forum focuses on youth violence

Submitted By Nina Moore

Youth experience and, all too often, participate in violence from early in life into adulthood. It comes in many forms and has deep impacts on development. A Tri-City group is seeking to change that.

"Our Community: Addressing Youth Violence" is a free community forum that will be held Thursday, March 19, from 7-9 p.m., in the American High School auditorium, 36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Organizers hope to gather a cross-section of the Tri-Cities and empower participants to work inclusively-across social, ethnic, religious, and political divisions-to address youth violence.

"We want to change the reality of youth violence," Dr. Raj Salwan said. Salwan is a member of the Fremont Human Relations Commissions, primary sponsor of the event.

The forum will focus on three aspects of youth violence: bullying and peer pressure, dating violence, and gangs. The evening will begin with brief presentations on these aspects of youth violence-how prevalent they are and what the impact is on our children and our wider community.

Presentations will be followed by audience questions for the presenters and then a time to get organized (and share some food).

"Our Community: Addressing Youth Violence" is the third in a series of community forums seeking to empower community members to make the Tri-Cities more welcoming and inclusive of all people.

The first forum, "Our Community-Who Belongs?", was held in 2005 and was aimed at pressures and dangers faced by Muslims and Sikhs in the Tri-City Area.

The 2007 forum, "Our Community-We All Belong," sought to show community solidarity against hateful speech and acts; foster an inclusive, protective community; and provide a practical means for people to bring this message back to their homes, schools, faith communities, and social service organizations.

Community Forum - Youth Violence
Thursday, March 19
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
American High School Auditorium
36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont

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