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CT Stomp the Violence Conference Starts Friday

Production aims to raise awareness on youth violence

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Norwalk, CT | Added on October 08, 2014 At 08:31 PM

"The youth is our future," said Central Magnet High School sophomore Leslie Moncada. "And without our future in a good spot, we can't make it anywhere, we can't move on with our community."  

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and one Norwalk non-profit organization is stepping up to educate local youth and shed light on the ongoing issue with a two day conference at West Rocks Middle School.  

"You need to step up because there's a lot of people who can't step up for themselves," said Platt Technical High School student Kali Temple.  

Serving All Vessels Equally, Inc. (S.A.V.E) will convene for the first CT Stomp the Violence Youth Conference this Friday evening and Saturday with a performance of "Under the Gun", a Creative Youth Productions play supported by the Bridgeport Board of Education, the Perrin Family Foundation and other local organizations.

"This play specifically I really believe in just because just even in my town with Sandy Hook and everything, I just believe guns are really out of control," said Newtown High School sophomore Joshua Deguzman. 

"You actually see what's real and we put people in certain predicaments where what is really going on and we will base everything around that," said Bassick High School senior Karie Jackson.  

The CDC reports homicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24.

"After seeing so many people lose their lives, it's heartbreaking to see that," said Bassick High School junior Chamaira Young.

And that's why the conference aims to begin a regional conversation about youth and gang violence and bring together those in lower Fairfield county through compressive planning and strategies. 

"Once our youth understands how valuable they are to our community and how they are the future of the community, then they'll understand how important it is for them to be a part of then to become a problem of the comity," said S.A.V.E. President and CEO, and local pastor Rev. Roosevelt Ewell. 

Nearly 20 middle school and high school students from Bridgeport and around the area will take the stage to perform and share their personal challenges overcoming youth violence.  

"Some kids don't get the drive and support they need," said Bassick High School junior Tyson Lee Newman. 

"The advice that we would pass on to youth is that their voice needs to be part of the conversation when it comes to the violence that's happening in our communities, in our school and they should be willing to take place in the conference," said SAVE executive director Albert Dancy.

Organizers say they hope to have over 300 youth join the event. The two-day event costs $10 for adults and $5 for youth and will include dinner on Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. For more information on the conference and its full schedule visit:  www.ctstomptheviolence.com


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