Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Life Camp Inc., helping reduce violence and helping grieving parents

LIFE Camp incorporates best practices in youth violence prevention and intervention and develops teens and young adults into peer leaders.

This is the moto of a wonderful program in New York, Life Camp Inc., which works to reduce youth violence.

Recently, the organization and its founder, Erica Ford, were featured in a New Yorker of the Week article. Please visit the link.

Through Life Camp Inc., an organization that promotes positive alternatives to violence, mothers get together a least once a year. The organization's founder, Erica Ford, says events like healing dinners helps them move forward with their lives.

"Give them a vehicle to heal. Give them a vehicle to forgive. Give them a vehicle to move on with the things they want to do in their life,” says Ford.


Part of the healing process for these mothers is making sure others never have to suffer the same pain.

"To encourage them, to let them know there is still hope, and we can do a lot when we come together as mothers to stop the violence," says Jennifer Freeman.

When a child is shot and killed, it isn't just the child that is the victim. It is also the family and friends of the child, and everyone they know, too, who are affected. Multiple lives are shattered, and it radiates out through the community. We need more organizations like this one to reduce the violence and to help those who have suffered it.

We urge readers to visit this organization, and to check out the article and accompanying video.

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