Thursday, November 22, 2007

Violence Intervention and Prevention Summit

By Henry Booysen
21 October 2007

On the 20th and 21st of November the Violence Intervention and Prevention summit was held at the His People Conference Centre in N1 City.

The main speaker at the summit, Dr Joseph Marshall is the co-founder of the Omega Boys Club and President of the Street Soldiers National Consortium, he is also the creator of the Alive and Free Movement.

The Alive and Free Movement project aims to keep youth from across the globe alive, free and out of prison.

“I started the organisation because my students did well with me, and later I started going to the funerals of my students and I could not handle that,” says Dr Marshall.

Deptuy Mayor of Cape Town councillor Grant Haskins opened the summit with an address discussing statistics about violence on the Western Cape, and how the City of Cape Town aims to deal with violence and drugs problems across the Western Cape.

The YMCA of South Africa together with the US Consulate arranged the trip to South Africa so that he can teach his anti-violence strategies that he implemented in San Fransisco, USA, to South Africans so that they can implement it in their own communities.

On Friday the 23rd of November the YMCA together with Dr Marshall will have a meeting with the Education Department discussing whether the violence intervention and prevention can be implented in South African schools.
picture courtesy of: www.street-soldiers . org


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