Youth Violence Prevention Pledge

Because: • We know that youth cannot grow and thrive in a place where they are not safe • We care about the youth in our community • We are angry that people we know have been hurt • We know that acts of violence are committed by youth daily • We know that acts of violence are committed upon youth daily • We know that youth violence more than doubles between the hours of 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. • We know that for every single dollar spent on after-school programming, 3 dollars are spent on Wayne County Juvenile Facility • We believe that youth violence will not end until ending it becomes a city-wide priority • We accept our responsibility to assist in making this a safer city We Pledge to: • Create policies and partnerships that will help end youth violence in Detroit • Encourage others to listen to the concerns youth have regarding safety • Express our anger about youth violence in a productive manner that finds ways to end that violence • Participate in activities that support and encourage violence prevention • Support all those who are working to end youth violence in Detroit • Make non-violence an everyday way of life
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