Violence among youth and in schools is claiming too many victims. In Chicago this year the tragic death of Derrion Albert, an honors student whose fatal beating was captured on video, brought a spotlight to the issue.
Last year, 34 students were killed and another 290 shot on the streets of Chicago alone. This is part of a troubling national trend of increased violence among youth and at schools.
Now it's time for us to do something about it. Congress is considering a bill, "Conflict Resolution and Mediation Act of 2009," which would provide funding and support for the most effective solutions to youth violence.
Without these vital on-campus conflict resolution and meditation programs, all students are at risk and our communities will continue to suffer.
Send a letter to your Congressional Representative today expressing your support for an end to youth violence.
It is time that we start taking action to confront youth and school violence. Conflict resolution and mediation are some of the best tools available for avoiding violence among youth, and it’s our responsibility to keep schools and neighborhoods safe.
This bill would provide funding and support for programs in communities across the country impacted by youth violence. I hope I can count on you to start funding opportunities for youth to build the conflict resolution skills necessary to reduce the tragic violence and suffering that has become far too common.
Thank you for your support.