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100 Days of Nonviolence Kicks Off with Recognition of Safe Places from Violence in Birmingham

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Friday October 13, 2017

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club Partners as model safe place for youth

Birmingham, AL — The 8th Annual 100 Days of Nonviolence will address youth violence with a commitment to recognize and encourage safe places from violence in Birmingham. For this initiative, they have partnered with A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club — a model for serving as a safe place from violence in Birmingham for youth.

There are three requirements to be recognized as a safe place during the 100 Days of nonviolence:

  1. Nurturing the talents of youth
  2. Being a community partner
  3. Providing mentorship

“Being a safe place is about more than having a place to escape harm. It is also about being able to make friends, soar academically, foster one’s talent and have access to role models without the distraction of danger. A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club epitomizes this for our youth and the communities they serve,” said Jay Roberson, Birmingham City Councilor, and founder of 100 Days of Nonviolence.

Throughout the 100 Days of Nonviolence, other safe places from violence in Birmingham will be spotlighted so that parents, guardians and community leaders know where to turn to escape violence that strikes communities. “We are honored to partner with 100 Days of Nonviolence and to be recognized as a safe place from violence. We exist to make communities better, and our partnership with 100 Days of Nonviolence helps us to further this mission,” said Frank Adams, CEO, A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club.

 

About Councilor Jay Roberson, Jr.:

Councilor Jay Roberson is committed to encourage youth to not participate in violent activities. Since 2010, he has led the 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign in Birmingham. This campaign has resulted in a reduction of violent crimes by youth in Birmingham, and the signing of pledges to promote a safer society.

This press release is a contribution from Jaquisha Hudson at 205.549.1000 ext. 103. For media inquiries please contact Chiara Perry, Interim Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council, at 205-908-7392 or chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov.