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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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U.S. Attorney Machen to Host Youth Summit on Friday
At H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast Washington
- Free Program Includes Musical Performances, Prizes, Information -
- Goal is to Break the Silence on Youth Violence -

     WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the East of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative, and a host of law enforcement and community partners are sponsoring a youth summit on Friday, June 22, 2012, at H.D. Woodson High School, 540 55th Street NE.

     Youths from the District of Columbia are invited to the free program, which runs from 2 to 5:30 p.m. In addition to discussions led by law enforcement, ex-offenders, professional athletes, and others, participants in the day’s events will be treated to performances by D.C.-based entertainers “Young Motive” and “Main Girl.” Also, members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the “Beat Ya Feet Crew” will showcase their popular and energetic step routines.

     This is the office’s second annual youth summit, which assembles young people from under-served neighborhoods in the District to discuss the most pressing public safety challenges facing their communities. Last year’s program, held at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC), in Southeast Washington, attracted 200 youths.

     Doors open at 1 p.m. for the event.

     Speakers will emphasize the dangerous consequences of pursuing a life of crime and the tremendous benefits of hard work, positive decision-making, and academic achievement. Separate break-out sessions will focus on issues such as self-esteem, teen dating violence, and bullying. The program’s content is suitable for youths 11 to 17 years old.

     The program is being presented with assistance from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, and Washington Hospital Center with assistance from community groups, churches and others.

     The youth summit is one in a series of community events sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, including town hall meetings, crime prevention presentations, and various outreach programs for people of all ages.

     Additional information is available by calling the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 202-252-6930 or e-mailing the organizers at dc.outreach@usdoj.gov.

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