Stopping Violence in Communities Across America
Teenagers send message to their elected officials
- Duration 7:17
- Date Jul 14, 2011
Teenagers send message to their elected officials
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Out and it's just gonna continue because now we have pleasure being joined by two guests in DC regarding use empowerment stopping violence in.
Local communities and this week as well visions fifth annual -- impoundment.
Program or at white peace summit where you have a 130 at risk teenagers from across the country that go to Washington DC to advocate on.
I'm -- risk young people in their local communities this is a great idea for something.
I've been involved with different groups in San Francisco this area we're joined by Derek Wheeler Smith from world vision and Lucy Haynes you delegate.
In the Twin Cities what a pleasure to have you guys with us today how Mario you.
Fantastic so tell us that there I'll begin with you -- little bit about this comment what you guys have to chief.
So summit we have fourteen different cohorts from different communities across the country.
And these young people have gone through six months of curriculum and now have all converged here -- Washington DC and today.
Even right now as we're speaking they're fourteen different delegations.
Who were meeting with congressmen and women from their district addressing issues.
That are impacting those young people -- there community and making policy recommendations.
Now how many people do you feel the you can reach an -- have a 138 there are -- and speaking and a larger perspective.
What's your ultimate goal.
Well a larger perspective it would be too of course we understand that.
Transformation really happens on the local level and so it's these young people.
Going back with the message of empowerment into their communities into their families into their schools.
And really becoming agents of change.
I don't environment which is.
Is very important you have to have made -- of change -- like that language now and Lucy are you fifteen now.
-- -- 1515.
Years old you came to the US from Africa.
I'm very at tragic story I mean you're very brave -- young lady.
And this was after hearing family was it -- can you give us a little bit about your background and how you came to be involved.
With this important group.
Mean -- -- prosecutors -- like how I came I had -- of troubles with our families and when I got.
It's -- partial -- my Foster mother had a.
That we took their ridiculous my -- issue everything and -- -- bears move the -- vision people and she totally is the perfect group we did get to join and they have perfect.
You can hop -- young people yes that will be at the same thing you've been through so I'm very well but -- throws the -- six months and that.
I wanna keep on growing keep on teaching young people that they can become something special in -- life and he -- might push you down.
And try to break you down you billions -- back -- because that's what while resident's sport to build young people out.
Well that's incredible your great spokesperson on their behalf and -- you know you have had not an easy road to -- The least that you're very thin line here you know -- with abuse and and suffering you were born in Monrovia and West Africa.
And -- the agent for you witnessed your brother being taken away to -- -- child.
Soldier you've been in refugee camps suffered abuse experience a loss of family members.
And see what happens in war torn countries -- you're saying you're experiences.
From your child Linear passing.
You can relate to children that are suffering in -- an abusive homes and -- facing some of those same emotional and psychological.
That you have face and that you have been able to overcome -- are still working at today.
Yes I I've I've really agree with that because young people.
Are being put down so much that.
They don't they'll believe -- -- up -- -- believe that it can do anything with their lives and well vision has comp.
All of us.
Fourteen delegates phone differ from different cities and different part of the whole country come together say yes we can -- -- people yes we can we can do whatever we put our minds so.
It's just incredible highs that comparison say you make and just you know and having read some of the background material off.
How about you even just going up in the Twin Cities you know here in the United States you send -- summit -- the similarities in terms of the -- it.
You know you experience and then -- even when you came here one of your.
Clad childhood friend one of your neighbors an eight year old was killed just going to it can now.
-- as its -- fat is bad.
I came here to get away from violently with the gun violence than we expected not to have that was -- buy her book.
As I've Grohl as a personal Hernandez -- everything away you go there's some kind of violence and if that's -- that young people hasn't had to deal that diluted daily life boat that's what we're trying to get together and start changing -- chart.
Joining with the legislators -- just try to change our community and stop the violence that -- really good young people are dying Tuesday for no reason.
No well Lucy you are really incredible I can't tell you I'm so proud of you you have transform your -- I -- to be inspirational to help.
Transform other young people that at face similar challenges the league a year entry in the tenth grade you wanna be an immigration attorney attempting guess.
Fantastic I'm an attorney as well.
And -- you really feel that this program that Derek is that part of the youth empowerment program is gonna help you.
Reach that goal on a Derek I'll give you some math final thoughts final statement you'd like to make.
Yeah I think that.
In many ways is different but is also like that of many young people who have gone through adverse circumstances.
And sure they have every reason in the world to be angry to be frustrated to be broken.
And and really to give up but they've made a choice to not become victims of circumstance and what more powerful.
Than to have them on the hill today speaking truth to power saying not only do I believe -- myself and recognize the transformation it's happened in my life.
But I believe that that's possible.
In the community that I live -- All right well I can't -- yeah I think what you're doing is just fantastic and look at what you've done to be able to.
Reach I wonder fall promising young empowered young woman like.
Please see she's in BM -- to do great things with her life and help so many people on its through your program.
Where can we get more information about our people want to make contributions get involved I tell -- your website.
-- WW dot world vision dot org four slash USP.
Part of US programs and so most people are fully aware of the well WTI world vision international -- the work that we do abroad across the end of that incredible right here domestic.
If I had this -- you -- -- you can also go on FaceBook that our -- while resembles the old.
FaceBook that's what visual that comes -- to watch live feed of what the young people are doing -- well worth talking about and field event grew.
What we have what our passion there's.
That's fantastic if you wanna get like firsthand knowledge of what the programs about.
The people that are involved in it they -- you can help -- -- that's -- great I love that she's our social media Maine dialect that you gotta get him on their on base and that's fantastic.
For what a pleasure to have you guys in the program thank you for taking the time.
This morning to speak with us we certainly do appreciate it Derek Lucy keep up the great where frank thanks for -- and I.