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Share Your Experience

Affirming Youth Foundation hosted a community discussion on gun violence titled "Share Your Experience" at Charles Hadley Park on June 23, 2022. Several roundtable discussions were held with youth, adults, community stakeholders, law enforcement, victims and perpetrators of gun violence in the Liberty City communities to examine the causes and solutions of gun violence. Participants also developed methods for preventing gun-related violence. Our sponsors and Ms. Vivilora Perkins Smith deserve special recognition for their tireless efforts to ensure the success of the event.

"I can appreciate you being a Black man in academia, who is coming here speaking to us in our language, and calling us the experts who can solve these problems." #shareyourexperience

"I lost my son to gun violence, and I attended many community forums on trying to stop the violence. However, I’ve never been to anything like this. This was something very different and needed." #shareyourexperience

"The kids were very engaged, impressed, and interested in what you were speaking about." #shareyourexperience


"You created a program that was based on love and respect and it showed through and through." #shareyourexperience

4Katina Wilcher, Willie Pearl Rizer and 2 others

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