Classical Magnet Student Wins Anti-Violence Essay Contest

Classical Magnet Student Wins Anti-Violence Essay Contest

 
Brook-Lynn Velez, a 9th grade student at Classical Magnet, is one of the award recipients of  an anti-violence essay contest sponsored  by Project Longevity.  All of the participants put forth creative and passionate solutions to eliminate violence in the City.  Her essay stood out as one of the best!  The award ceremony was held on Friday, June 6, 2014 at Asylum Hill Congregational Church.
 
Brook's essay in included below:
 
Anti-Violence Essay
 
What is a community? According to the dictionary; a feeling of fellowship with others, as a
result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. Communities range from, your place of work,
school, town, state, they’re all a part of a someone’s community. Who actually would like to be a part of
a community which constantly experiences non-stop violence? Who would like to feel unsafe every time
they went out to the store, or on their block, or even worse, at home? No one. Because of this,
eliminating violence in my community, our community, is key. Crime rates increase greatly during the
 warmer summer months amongst teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 23. When school
is out it, the kids with nothing to do, can easily find themselves with the older and wrong crowd.
 
Extreme boredom can easily turn into something bad. Kids are just hanging out in the street corner
which is why during this time, there needs to be programs available to them.
 
Sports is an easy outlet for even the misguided kids but not everyone is a sports person. The community needs to do its best to engage their youth in music, dance, acting, theater, swimming, poetry and most importantly Life Skills. Such as, how to interview for a job, balance a checking account, or writing a resume. Realistically not every youth is going to be a Pro basketball player and we need to encourage them with other realistic life goals. Not only will this Empower the youth but it will help decrease violence. Knowledge is Power and the antidote to stop violence! This will bring the whole community closer, it gets everyone active and off the streets.
 
We also need to get the parents of the youth engaged and empowered! We need to provide them with life skills training as well. Let’s face it a lot of today’s parents became parents during their teen years and unfortunately did not get a chance to experience life themselves. So, we need to provide them with Coping skills, parenting classes, resume writing, interviewing techniques and basic communication skills.
 
Employment is another opportunity to combat violence. No one enjoys being broke. We all enjoy having money in our pockets and buying new things we get from that money, but, there is one big problem, the lack of jobs. Summer has been proven to be a much more difficult time on the parents which, directly has an effect on their kids. Due to this, summer jobs need to become available. A summer job doesn’t necessarily need to be with a corporation, it could be within the community. Such as a camp counselor at the local Salvation Army or church Day Care center. The leaders in the community can partner up with the local grocery stores and shops to provide summer positions for the youth directly in that community. This will enhance the relationship between the business owner and the youth, deterring that youth from stealing from that business or establishment in the future.
 
When the summer finally winds down, the outcome will be a closer community in which everyone knows each other better. The outcome will be a decrease in Crime, a closer more empowered community who now is invested in their community!
 
 
Submitted by,
Joan A. Navarra
Executive Assistant
Classical Magnet School
85 Woodland Street
Hartford, CT 06105
860 695-9102

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