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Working With Eureka Garden Youth to End Violence

July 21, 2011

Handprints on Banner

Helping Hands Network Center and Hubbard House have spent the summer working with the youth who live in Eureka Garden to provide them with skills and knowledge to help end the violence in their community.

Hubbard House was invited to participate in this year’s Helping Hands summer camp, which runs from June 20 – Aug. 12, to teach youth how to identify emotions, deal with anger, alternatives to violence and most importantly respect themselves and others. Typically these lessons are taught as part of Hubbard House’s primary prevention program, W.A.V.E. (Working Against Violence Every Day, Everywhere, Every Time).

“Recognizing that there is consistent and extreme violence in this particular community, we are hoping that by showing these children alternatives to violence and providing skills for conflict resolution we’re helping them to avoid violence in their personal lives,” said Laine Reinecke-Clayton, Hubbard House Community Education Manager.

The 10-session curriculum Hubbard House taught at the summer camp ended today with a wrap-up party for the children. The children played a BINGO game reviewing all the concepts they’ve learned about ending violence, received a certificate and added their name and handprints to a banner pledging to work against violence in their community. The banner will be displayed in the Eureka Garden community center to serve as a reminder that everyone can do their part to stop the violence.

Around 35 youth, ages six to 15, participated in the camp.