The week of March 23-27 was “National Youth Violence Prevention Week.” The City of Baltimore decided to take part and host a number of events throughout the week to bring awareness to, and prevent youth violence.
One of the events included was the Baltimorphosis Changemaker Awards presented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Health Commissioner Leana Wen. The award recognized four adults and eight youth in Baltimore City who went above and beyond to reduce violence in their communities and schools.
Each participant was nominated by their peers and chosen based on the impact they had in their community. The winners were honored at City Hall and presented with the award. Our hat goes off to these individuals as they work to improve their communities in Baltimore City.
In addition to the awards, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the office of Councilman James Kraft, and the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice teamed up to bring Rachel’s Challenge to a local Baltimore City School.
On Friday, March 27th, a presenter from Rachel’s Challenge spoke to more than 80 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School. The youth were told the story of Rachel Scott and were challenged to start a chain reaction of kindness at their school. The program had a profound impact as dozens of students stuck around after the presentation to share their story with the presenter.
That evening, Rachel’s Challenge came back to the school and hosted a Community Event where parents and other members of the community were invited to come and hear Rachel’s story. Overall the event was a huge success and all the parties involved are looking forward to next year!