3rd Annual Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence
Saturday, April 5, 2014
The Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
10 am to 5 pm
The Multnomah Youth Commission’s Youth Against Violence Committee (YAV) is hosting the 3rd Annual Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence, a youth-driven event for youth, aimed at integrating youth and adults into community-based violence-prevention work. The summit is free for youth ages 21 and under, with shuttle bus service to the summit departing from many area schools & community centers.
“This annual summit was created because of the violence Multnomah Youth Commissioner saw over the past [three] years, especially gang violence and anti-gay violence,” says YAV committee member Violeta Alvarez. “We feel the need to create a change for youth.” The goal of the last two summits was to change the way violence was talked about and dealt with in our community. The intent of this year’s summit 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 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 Multnomah Youth Commission established YAV in 2011, in response to the growing violence directed towards young people and the April 2011 shooting death of 14-year-old Shiloh Hampton.