working to reduce gun violence through education and community engagement

NYAGV workshop speaker

NYAGV conducts community-based workshops to educate and inform community members about issues relating to gun violence. These workshops, instructed by NYAGV staff and volunteers, include all class materials and can be tailored to your group and its objectives.

Click here for a brochure (pdf):  Youth and Community Education Programs to Reduce Gun Violence

To hold an NYAGV workshop in your community, contact Shaina Harrison at shaina@NYAGV.org or 212-679-2345.

Select from these one – three-hour workshops currently offered or talk to us about additional topics.

Public Speaking and Advocacy

Learn how to speak publicly, prepare speeches, and advocate for your ideas at this workshop. You’ll critique actual speeches given by the instructor, and discuss the message, effectiveness, and impact on the audience. Then you’ll work in a group to prepare and present a speech about a gun violence topic.

This workshop introduces you to:

– Components of an effective speech – How to organize thoughts, ideas, themes and evidence – Overcoming stage fright – Critical thinking – How to talk about gun violence with your peers and community members – Current issues about gun violence

Misconceptions About Gun Violence

In a town hall format, you’ll engage in an in-depth discussion about the facts and myths about gun violence. Topics include how gun violence affects communities, common misconceptions, where guns come from, why people use them, and how you can help reduce the use of guns.

This workshop introduces you to:

– Personal coping techniques to use if confronted by gun violence – Your role in reducing gun violence in your community – Gun-related statistics and the impact of guns in your community – Resources related to reducing gun violence.

Does a gun really protect you?

In this workshop, you’ll discover that ideas about guns and gun violence–many shaped by the media or peers–are not often true. You’ll view the film “Juice” and a documentary developed by NYAGV’s reACTION youth program, then discuss your perceptions before and after.

This workshop introduces you to:

– The power and influence of the media regarding guns and gun violence – Critical thinking and questioning perceptions – Leadership skills

Here are just some of the organizations that have already benefited from NYAGV community workshops:

– Red Hook Community Justice Center – The Crown Heights Mediation Center – The High School for Global Studies – The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture – Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice – Staten Island Juvenile Justice Center – Bronx Borough President’s Youth Council.

Contact NYAGV today at contact Shaina Harrison at shaina@NYAGV.org or 212-679-2345 to hold an NYAGV workshop in your community.

 

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