Students Tackle Violence Head On at Conference in the Bronx

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Children’s Aid Society Youth Council to Educate Peers on Gang and Dating Violence, Sexual Harassment and Teens’ Relationships with the Police

Contacts:
Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society – (o) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society – (o) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:
Thursday, June 4, 2009
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where:
Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
Colston Hall, lower level

What:
Approximately 200 students will spend a day off from school addressing the issue of violence and its effects on teens at The Children’s Aid Society Youth Council’s “Violence is not the answer, so ask a new question” conference.

The conference will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with an introduction by C. Warren Moses, CEO of The Children’s Aid Society. A screening of student-produced PSAs, created especially for the conference, will be followed by workshops conducted by teens for their peers.

The middle and high schoolers selected the topic for the conference, which will focus on gang and dating violence, sexual harassment and teens’ releationship with the police.

The students have prepared written recommendations on each of the topics for youth, families, school and community-based organization staff, elected officials and police/school security. Copies are available.

Who:
This is the fourth annual conference of The Children’s Aid Society Youth Council, a leadership development program for middle and high school students from eight Children’s Aid community schools in the Bronx, Washington Heights and East Harlem.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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