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The tenth annual Youth of the Year Awards were presented to six finalists and the winner at Mesa 21 on May 30, 2017. The award is presented every year by Partners and the Fall River Youth Violence Prevention Task Force to recognize youth who have demonstrated positive achievements and and have given back to the community. Judges and nominators were on hand as co-chairs Fall River Youth Services Coordinator Christian McCloskey and Greater Fall River Re-Creation Program Coordinator Annemarie Holly who read statements from each of the finalists on the theme of “Make It in Fall River”, the City’s new slogan. Durfee student, Eleane Lema, was selected as this year’s Youth of the Year, and her name will be added to the plaque that resides at Government Center for all to see. The remaining finalists for the award were Yasnerris Torres, Jessica Miranda, John Paul McDonald, Christina Devoe-Hood, and Isabella Connors.
Sponsored by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, the Fall River Shannon Community Safety Initiative, Saint Anne’s Hospital, Southcoast Hospitals, United Neighbors and Partners, this year’s Peace by Piece event took place on May 26, 2017 at the Boys and Girls Club. The four-hour session offered an opportunity for students from B.M.C. Durfee and Diman Regional High School as well as participants in YouthBuild, to engage in a series of improvisation exercises led by members of The Bit Players of Newport, RI, that explored and expanded their interpersonal communication skills. At the end of the morning, groups were then invited to create a two-minute Public Service Announcement (PSA) with a message about an important issue that young people face. The day got participants engaged in getting to know one another in ways they never had before and learning about both verbal and non-verbal communication.
The annual Peace Through Partnerships bat giveaway took place at the Fall River Boys & Girls Club on May 23, 2017. Members of the Club signed personalized baseball bats and presented them to police officers as a token of appreciation for their service. The event was one of several on-going initiatives (police-youth dialogues, Police-Public Palooza) that seek to improve the community by fostering positive relationships and collaborations between the police department and the residents of Fall River.
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On April 26, 2017, seventy members of Boys & Girls Club and officers from the Fall River Police Department met in the teen center to share experiences and perspectives on life in Fall River. The dialogue was organized by members of the Fall River Youth Violence Prevention Task Force.
The event started with some ice breakers. After the youth identified positive contributions to the community by the police, the police then identified how the youth were having a positive impact on the community. Then the group participated in “Raise your hand if…” activity as a means of showing the similarities of youth and the police, many of whom grew up facing the same issues and struggles.
Club members shared their experiences described their own histories of interactions with the police. The officers gave their perspective of incidents and spoke about why certain decisions were made. They also discussed what it was like when they were growing up.
The goal is for continued dialogue as a way for police and youth to get to know each other and to collaborate on various initiates aimed at making Fall River a more peaceful community. The dialogue is part of a series of events aimed at knocking down barriers and further developing positive relationships between the youth/community and the Fall River Police Department and partnering to establish peaceful, positive and safe environments. Other events include the Partnering for Peace bat giveaway, Police and Public Palooza and a day at Camp Welch.
The School Community Partnership hosted Sarah Terrell from Anchor Ministries for her presentation on human trafficking. This has had an impact on our community, and youth are very vulnerable to being taken advantage of in this illegal and dangerous activity.
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This week was full of amazing peace-promoting initiatives and events! Our community has done a great job on collaborating toward youth violence prevention, and we look forward to all the continuing efforts in the future!