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Public invited to final Gang workshop tonight at 6:00pm in Newburg

Thursday November 29, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

How much of an influence is the Hip-Hop culture having on young people in Metro Louisville? Is there a way for parents and community leaders to understand rap music’s effects on teenagers?

Two Metro Councilwomen, Barbara Shanklin (D) 2 and Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5, are organizing a series of workshops to brings answers to those and other questions as a way to fight violence in neighborhoods.

A nationally known expert in youth violence will come to Louisville for two days in December to help the community understand all aspects of rap music and the major cultural influence it has become on young people.

“We have a chance to help the community understand this phenomenon’s impact on our young people,” says Shanklin.

Shanklin and Hamilton (D) 5 are bringing Shawn D. Jackson of the Jaxsun Group in Atlanta, Georgia to Louisville on Monday December 10th and Tuesday December 11th.

“Shawn Jackson has worked for more than 20 years with teenagers and at-risk youth, first as a police officer and later as a counselor and coach,” says Hamilton. “He and the Jaxsun Group have helped bridge the gap between our children and adults.”

Jackson will be presenting workshops over the two days entitled; “Rap Music’s Influence on Youth’. The workshop is designed to assist the various community groups that work with young people, including parents, teachers, police officers and the clergy. The workshop will not only talk about the rap culture to establish relationship and build with today’s youth.

He will be joined by Detective Juan Garrett of the Louisville Metro Police Department who will also give the local perspective of the problem.

“It is our hope that many adults will be able to not only see but understand the signs of this culture and more importantly how to deal with it,” says Shanklin

Jackson will make several appearances in Louisville. He will speak to a special meeting of the Metro Council’s Minority Affairs Committee on Monday, December 10th. Then he will present workshops in District 5 at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse at 6:00pm. On Tuesday, he will present a workshop at the Newburg Middle School beginning at 6:00pm.

“If we truly want to understand the influences on our young people, this workshop become a vital link to what they are dealing with,” says Hamilton. “As parents and community leaders, we must make the effort to learn and deal with the problem of gang violence.”

All workshops are free and open to the public. While Shanklin and Hamilton are covering the costs of these series of workshops, District 1, 3, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 24 have also contributed money to help bring these events to the public.

Here is a listing of the workshops and presentations:

The Minority Affairs Committee Monday, December 10th

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street

Shawnee Golf Course Club House Monday, December 10th

6:00pm -8:00pm

460 Northwestern Parkway

The Newburg Middle School Tuesday, December 11th

6:00pm – 8:00pm

4901 Exeter Avenue

For more information about any of the workshops call either Councilwoman Shanklin’s office at 574-1102 or Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-1105.

Sponsors:
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5