Young people celebrate their creative work to end youth violence

Summer 612, a summer-long youth violence prevention campaign, will conclude with an event showcasing all the creative work that Minneapolis-youth did over the summer to raise awareness of youth violence in the community and how it can be prevented. The event is happening Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library.

Summer 612 is a new campaign within the City of Minneapolis’ Blueprint for Action that takes a public health approach to youth violence prevention.  Summer 612 is a micro-grant program addressing the Blueprint for Action goal # 4: recognize that violence is learned and can be unlearned by reducing the impact of violent messages in our media, culture and entertainment.

The goal for Summer 612 is to directly engage at least 1,000 Minneapolis youth through several youth-led micro-grant projects.  In addition to raising awareness of youth violence, this grant program enables youth to develop unique job skills while interacting with professionals in a specific industry.

A total of eight groups worked on projects in four categories: documentary film, visual arts, performance and basketball. Each project allows youth to reflect on their personal efforts to address the culture of violence and share it with friends, family, and other peers in their neighborhoods to make an impact in the fight to end youth violence. Funding support for Summer 612 is made possible by a grant from The Minneapolis Foundation. The following groups received a micro-grant for their project:

All of the projects listed above will be featured during the final showcase event on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 6-8 p.m at the Minneapolis Central Library which will also include city leaders, youth and the community. This event is free and open to the public. Folks interested in attending can register through Eventbrite.

For more information about the Blueprint for Action and youth violence prevention in Minneapolis visit Youth Violence Prevention.

Published Sep 19, 2011