Speak Up NYC; Youth Speaks Out

Posted: May 11, 2011 in New York City, Uncategorized

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In New York City and other cities around the U.S. violence in schools has grown from being a rarity into a matter of public safety. From the Columbine massacre in 1999 to the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, violence in U.S. schools has perpetuated into problems with bullying, stabbings and other crime like behavior.

New York City has been one of the few cities to take action against unsafe environments for today’s youth. Speak Up NYC is a city wide awareness and educational initiative working with the New York City council. The organization was created to provide young people enrolled in schools with the tools needed to build a safe and comfortable academic setting.

Speak UP encourages students to not only stray away from violence in their own lives, but to report any threats made to them or others in their schools and communities. For students who fear for their safety or would rather remain anonymous have the opportunity to call a toll-free hotline to report any acts of violence witnessed.

Speak Up NYC is promoted through New York City’s Cornerstone programs. In these programs, students come together to discuss violence and crime prevention in their communities, both at school and home. The goal of Speak Up NYC is to empower young people to use their voices to prevent unsafe environments of academia. In a city where violence and crime appear in alley ways, on street corners and in school systems, programs like Speak UP are positive outlets for young people to get involved and feel apart of solving the problem of school violence.

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