Urban Alliance Kalamazoo hosts youth camps focused on breaking the cycle of gun violence

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KALAMAZOO, Michigan — This summer, Urban Alliance Kalamazoo will host a series of youth camps.

The goal is to have conversations about gun use and work to break the cycle of gun violence.

Known as Life Camp, the events will be offered once a month in June, July and August.

Events are open to children ages 11-16.

Life Camp participants will engage in discussions and activities designed to help youth avoid cycles of gun violence and differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable uses of firearms. The camp is built around the theme “Hands are for Healing, Not Killing” and helps show kids how to walk away from gun violence.

“Our goal is to educate, empower and equip Life Camp participants with the tools and resources needed to break cycles of gun violence within Kalamazoo,” said James Harris, Outreach Manager. of the Urban Alliance. “In addition to helping local youth avoid gun violence, we also want to help them become gun violence advocates.”

Life Camps will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on:

• Tuesday, June 14, at Trenches Community Church, 1003 Gayle Avenue.
• Monday, July 11, at Tree of Life School, 2001 Cameron Street.
• Tuesday, August 16, at the Frederick Douglass Community Association, 1000 W. Patterson Street.

Free camps include breakfast, lunch and all necessary materials and equipment.

For more information or to register, click here.

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