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The School  
Non-Violence
Initiative.

Promoting Safety Through Education.

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The School
Non-Violence Initiative

Creating a safe learning environment is crucial for beneficial education. Unfortunately, youth violence in places of learning has continued to increase. The COVID-19 pandemic led to social isolation and heightened stress rates among students that have now shown to harm relationships within learning institutions. Youth violence is the intentional use of physical force or power to threaten or harm others. These instances of violence can include fighting, bullying, threats with weapons, and gang-related violence. Behavior like this has become ever so present within our schools. Such behavior leads to stunted socioemotional development, decreased graduation rates, and a general decline in overall student satisfaction. 

 

Youth violence is a public health problem. It is an adverse childhood experience that can have long-term impacts on health and well-being. Fortunately, violence is preventable. Fostering a sense of community amongst students, educators, staff members, and parents, engaging in non-violent educational strategies, recognizing signs of mental health issues, and promoting positive conflict resolution skills, can reduce school violence. 

 

The Non-Violence Initiative aims to decrease incidents of violence and increase student retention rates through violence prevention and mental health-based education. The initiative utilizes a conglomerate approach that enlists diverse professionals, community partners, parents, educators, service providers, and trained professionals to assist in implementing these positive changes.

Uniting To Reduce Violence 
& Increase Youth Safety

School Safety

There were 300 shooting incidents on school grounds in 2022, compared to 250 in 2021 and 114 in 2020. We must provide safe environments for your children.

End Youth Violence

According to the GBI, more than 23,000 kids were arrested in the Georgia during 2020 and it wasn't just for small offenses. More than 4,000 teenagers were arrested for assault in 2018 and 52 were arrested for murder.

We are seeing a disturbing trend of violent crimes among young people and experts agree early mentoring and needed.

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Gun Violence

From 2018 to 2021, the rate of deaths due to firearms increased by 53% among male youth. Gun violence can adversely affect the mental health and well-being of children. Children are exposed to firearms in a number of ways, including domestic violence and 

firearms stored at home, and neighborhood and school 

violence. This exposure may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety, in addition to other mental health concerns.

Our Mission

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, violent crimes involving youth, bullying, and gun violence has doubled in just over a decade. Research suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has had adverse effects on the rates of violence within communities. This initiative aims to assist in creating safe schools, communities, and environments. To foster a safe learning environment, this program works to deliver conflict resolution strategies, non-violent and mental health education, and mentorship. 

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