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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

National Youth Violence Prevention Week Events Announced

Boston Committee invites students to participate in annual event and contests

BOSTON – The Boston Interagency Committee on Violence Prevention announced its annual anti-violence creative contests and a call for all Boston Public school students to participate. Winners will be announced during the City’s National Youth Violence Prevention Week festivities, April 3 – 7.


Students in grades K-8 are invited to submit posters, middle school students can submit poetry, and high school students can enter their own music videos – all must reflect this year’s theme, “Youth Standing Strong Against Violence.” Prizes include gift cards, tickets to Red Sox and Celtics games, and an interview on JAM’N 94.5. Contest winners will be revealed at the annual city-wide Peace Rally at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College on April 6, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.


Information on the contests and Peace Rally is available at or by emailing


Other National Youth Violence Prevention Week events include a program at the J.W. Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain, merging the U.S. Attorney’s “Your Future, Your Decision” presentation with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s “Overcoming Violence” graduation, as well as a Flashlight Walk with the Boston Police Department.


National Youth Violence Prevention Week aims to raise awareness and educate young people, parents, and communities as a whole, about effective ways to prevent and reduce youth violence. The campaign, which is held in cities across the country, features activities, competitions and events that bring young people together to make their schools and communities safer using peaceful forms of self-expression.


The Boston Interagency Committee on Violence Prevention consists of representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Office of the Governor, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, MassHousing, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, City of Boston Mayor’s Office, Boston Police Department and the Boston Centers for Youth & Families.


JAM’N 94.5 Radio, Roxbury Community College, Crystal Rock Beverages and the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League are sponsoring the contests and Peace Rally.

Updated March 15, 2017