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Metro Newsroom

Councilwoman Hamilton sponsors seminar on gangs and youth violence

Monday February 12, 2007

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

Why do young people join a gang? Has youth violence become a problem in our schools? What can be done about both of these issues?

The answers to those questions will be part of “Strategies for Engaging Youth”, a seminar held on February 20th, 2007 at the Yearlings Club. The seminar is to help parents, grandparents, educators and those who work with young people to understand what children are facing today.

“This is an important event for anyone who wants to understand what are youth are facing as they deal with gangs and violence,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5. “The people who are presenting this seminar know what they are talking about.”

The LIFE Institute INC/ Operation Hope have talked with young people who are gang members. The group has also talked with parents and followed children through the court system. The group’s mission is to curb gang involvement and youth violence.

Dr. Eddie Woods, the founder of the LIFE Institute, will be coordinating the seminar.

“We have a three prong approach to the problem,” says Dr. Woods. “First, is to make the community more aware of the problem, then engage the community with sessions and discussion of the problems, then finally fill the gaps with young people with education and jobs if needed.”

Hamilton has provided funding support for the event with the use of Neighborhood Development Funds.

“If we are to change the future for our children, its best to understand what they are facing and this seminar can give that kind of insight,” says Hamilton.

“Strategies for Engaging Youth” will be held between 10:00am to 2:00pm. The Yearlings Club is located at the corner of 44th and Broadway Streets. Admission to the event is free, but there is limited space.

To reserve space for you and/or your staff call 412-0350 or email: Leave information about your name or agency’s name, number and how many spots.


Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5