YouthBuild Fall River poses with Ameena Matthews
Unfortunately for many of our students the threat of gang-related violence in everyday life is very real. YouthBuild sites are purposely situated in cities and towns in need of revitalization, and often times that need is accompanied by an increased prevalence of gang-related violence and crime. This being the case, students and staff from YouthBuild Fall River chose to attend the Peace By Piece Summit on Friday, where youth ages 16-24 from surrounding areas gathered to discuss the implications and methods of coping with gang violence in their communities. A number of community activists spoke out last week at the Boys and Girls Club of Fall River, including members of the Peaceful Coalition, and Ameena Matthews, a "violence interrupter" from CeaseFire in Chicago. Read more about the event in the Herald News.