At the press conference, details of LIFE Camp’s I Love My LIFE Violence Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Program was disseminated. The VIP program is a three‐year pilot project targeting 13 to 25-year-old South Jamaica, Queens teens and young adults, families who have been touched by violence-related tragedies and service providers handling the aftermath of such incidents. The project is designed to fundamentally change how interpersonal violence is experienced, perceived and managed to assist in eradicating the reasons for youth gun violence.
LIFE Camp, Inc., was founded by Ford in 2002 to teach violence prevention in schools, following the tragic murders of two community children. The organization has since expanded its role to also generate empowerment opportunities for youth who are educationally, economically and socially disadvantaged.
“People can learn more about Peace Week by visiting our site, peaceisalifestyle.com,” said Ford, who suggested that violence be addressed as a mental health issue. “They can find out about events that they can come out to or participate by creating a video promoting peace or uploading a photo of a loved one lost to violence. The important thing is to keep the conversation going on this issue.”
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