The Y2Y message is centered on efforts to promote peace and raise awareness about youth violence in communities. Because efforts should be ongoing throughout the year, it is important for centers to find and create ways to engage their communities with the messages of Y2Y.
For National Youth Violence Prevention Week, the Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Y2Y Student Ambassadors held a candlelight vigil in downtown Prestonsburg to honor those who have been affected by violence.
Mayor Les Stapleton was a guest speaker at the event. “The city of Prestonsburg and I support the Carl D. Perkins Y2Y mission,” he said. Other organizations that supported the event were Mountain Comprehensive Care, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services and local musician Jason Goble.
After the candlelight vigil, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services case manager Heather Samons hosted a discussion forum with the students where they focused on healthy relationships. Did your center celebrate National Youth Violence Prevention Week? Send event updates with pictures to JobCorpsY2Y@mpf.com.