Young people celebrate their creative work to end youth violence

After a summer-long youth violence prevention campaign, Summer 612 will conclude with an event showcasing visual, theatrical and documentary art from Minneapolis youth. The works were created with the goal of raising awareness of youth violence and prevention strategies in the community. The free and public event will be held, Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2-4 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library. People who want to attend are asked to register in advance through Eventbrite.

Summer 612 is a campaign within the City of Minneapolis’ Blueprint for Action, which is a program that takes a public health approach to youth violence prevention. Summer 612 provides micro-grant funding to groups in the community who use it to address the Blueprint of Action’s fourth goal: recognize that violence is learned and can be unlearned by reducing the impact of violent messages in our media culture and entertainment.

Along with showcasing Summer 612, the City is also highlighting its Picturing Peace campaign, which is currently on display at the Minneapolis Central Library until the end of September. Like Summer 612, Picturing Peace allowed Minneapolis youth to raise youth violence awareness and prevention in the community through creativity. Youth took a variety of photographs symbolizing their interpretation of peace, and contest winners from this campaign will also be acknowledged at the event.

In addition to raising awareness of youth violence, the Summer 612 micro-grant program enables youth to develop unique professional skills while interacting with professionally trained photographers, producers, artists and actors.

A total of eight youth groups worked on creative projects this summer. Through the coordination of the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, each project has allowed youth to reflect on their personal efforts of addressing the culture of violence. These efforts allow youth to share with community, friends, family and peers their aspirations to make an impact in the fight to end youth violence. The following groups received a micro-grant for their projects and will showcase their work:

The City of Minneapolis’ Department of Health and Family Support will host the event along with the Minneapolis Youth Congress. After the showcase, guests are welcome to attend a reception to enjoy light refreshments and learn more about the grantees.

Visit the City's website for more information about the Blueprint for Action and youth violence prevention in Minneapolis.

Published Sep 13, 2012