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March 4, 2009 > Community Forum focuses on youth violence

Community Forum focuses on youth violence

Submitted By Nina Moore

Youth experience and all too often participate in violence from early in life into adulthood. It comes in many forms and has deep impacts on development. A Tri-Cities group is seeking to change that.

"Our Community: Addressing Youth Violence" is a free community forum that will be held on Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., in the American High School auditorium, 36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. The organizers hope to gather a cross-section of the Tri-Cities and empower participants to work inclusively-across social, ethnic, religious, and political divisions-to address youth violence.

"We want to change the reality of youth violence," Raj Salwan said. Salwan is a member of the Fremont Human Relations Commissions, the primary sponsor of the event.

The forum will focus on three aspects of youth violence: bullying and peer pressure, dating violence, and gangs. The evening will begin with brief presentations on these aspects of youth violence-how prevalent these types of youth violence are and what the impact of these types of youth violence is on our children and our wider community.

The presentations will be followed by some questions from the audience for the presenters, and then a time to get organized (and share some food).

"Our Community: Addressing Youth Violence" is the third in a series of community forums seeking to empower community members to make Fremont and the Tri-Cities more welcoming and inclusive of all people.

The first forum, "Our Community-Who Belongs?" was held in 2005. It was aimed specifically at the pressures and dangers faced by Muslims and Sikhs in the Tri-City Area in the wake of the terror attacks on the US on 9/11/2001 and the ongoing war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The second forum, "Our Community-We All Belong," was held in 2007. It sought to show community solidarity against hateful speech and acts; to foster a really inclusive, protective community; and to provide a practical means for people to bring this message back to their homes, schools, faith communities, and social service organizations.

Our Community - Addressing Youth Violence
Thursday, March 19
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
American High School auditorium
36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 676-4710

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