3rd Annual Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence

Members of the MYC at a working retreat.
Members of the MYC at a working retreat.

Here is the info, straight from the organizers themselves:

We, the Multnomah Youth Commission, established the Youth Against Violence Committee (YAV) in 2011, in response to the growing violence directed towards young people. We identified seven types of violence: Anti-Gay and Gender, Cyberbullying, Gang, Home/Family, Police, School (Bullying), and Sexual & Dating Violence. As the official youth policy body for the City of Portland and Multnomah County, we will not tolerate these acts, which create a hostile and unsafe environment for all youth throughout our city and county.

In our last two summits, we tried to change the way violence was talked about and dealt with in our community. We are now hosting our 3rd Annual Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Ambridge Event Center (1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd). Our intention is to integrate youth and adults in the work our community does to prevent violence. New aspects of this year’s summit include more hands-on activities, artistic expression, and in-depth exploration of Gang/Police, School, and Sexual & Dating violence. Youth survey responses at past summits and events led us to focus more on these three forms of violence. In collaboration with community youth, we hope to continue the work from our past two summits by expanding our action steps to create change.

The first section of the summit is dedicated to youth, to caucus, build community, and further develop action steps in different mediums. The presence of invited policymakers and community leaders is requested in the afternoon, to listen to youth stories of violence and engage young people in dialogue around how we can take steps together to reduce violence in our community.

The goals of this year’s summit are to

  • Provide resources for youth to deal with violence they experienced and/or currently experience in their lives
  • Inform policymakers with the experiences youth face regarding violence and strengthen our youth-adult partnerships to implement our policy recommendations and actions.
  • Educate youth and adults about Our Bill of Rights: Children + Youth and the importance of its implementation into all decision-making areas in our community
  • Bring diverse youth from across the region together to share ideas and experiences regarding violence and build a youth movement for social change

We will provide:

1. On site licensed childcare to all young people with children (registration required)

2. Bus transportation to and from the summit from 12 different locations

3. Breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day

4. Custom made T-Shirts from local business Screw Loose Studios in N.PDX

5. Amazing raffle prizes with lots of chances to win.

6. Opportunities to learn, take action and STOP the violence

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: IF you know of a YOUNG PERSON (NOT ADULT) who would be interested in attending please have them register online here.

Currently, our sponsors include State Farm Insurance Youth Advisory Board, Penney Family Fund (a member of Common Counsel Foundation), Multnomah County’s Office of Diversity and Equity and Department of County Human Services, STRYVE (Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere), Defending Childhood Initiative, Local Public Safety Coordinating Council and the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Learn more about the Multnomah Youth Commission:  http://web.multco.us/multnomah-youth-commission

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