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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Columbia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

U.S. Attorney Machen To Host Fourth Annual Youth Summit


At Friendship Collegiate Academy in Northeast Washington
- Free Program Includes Musical Performances, Workshops, Information -

            WASHINGTON - U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force, the Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, the East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, and law enforcement and community partners are sponsoring a Youth Summit on Friday, June 27, 2014, at Friendship Collegiate Academy.

            This year’s event will engage youth on the consequences and harms of marijuana, encourage young people to make responsible decisions to avert criminal behavior, and help them understand the consequences of violence. The event will be filled with dynamic speakers, entertainment, and invaluable resources. The guest emcee is DJ Flava of WKYS Radio (93.9 FM). Performers scheduled to appear include Young Motive, KRU3H, and Main Girl.

            Youths from the District of Columbia are invited to the program, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free of charge. Friendship Collegiate Academy, 4095 Minnesota Avenue NE, is conveniently located directly across the street from the Minnesota Avenue Metro station in order to provide accessibility for students to attend. 

            This is the office’s fourth annual Youth Summit, which assembles young people from under-served neighborhoods in the District of Columbia to discuss the most pressing public safety challenges facing their communities. Previous summits have attracted more than 300 youth participants. The goal of the program is to reach out to area youth on current public safety topics in an informative and inspiring way. This year’s topics also include discussion about child safety, cyberbullying, and Internet safety.

            Several collaborative partners will be coming together to present the day’s programs, including the Ward 3 and 4 D.C. Prevention Center; the Metropolitan Police Department; the Street Wize Foundation; Black Women for Positive Change; Friendship Collegiate Academy; the National Institute on Drug Abuse; the Street Wize Foundation; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The effort is supported by Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Department of Justice initiative aimed at reducing gun and gang crimes. People with questions or interest in bringing a youth group to the Youth Summit may contact Melanie Howard at the U.S. Attorney’s Office at (202)-252-6930 or melanie.howard@usdoj.gov.

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Updated February 19, 2015