East Harlem Kids Brainstorm Solutions to Gang Violence

Students Brainstorm Solutions (Photo courtesy of DNAinfo)

Jeff Mays

Anthony Holiday moved from Brooklyn to East Harlem because he feared for his safety after a confrontation with a street gang.

But when the 18-year-old arrived in Harlem, he found a similar problem with gangs waiting for him.

“I’m seeing teen violence and gangs all over my community,” said Holiday, who was one of more than 200 East Harlem young people who sounded off on gang violence Thursday night at a meeting organized by Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and the El Barrio/East Harlem Youth Violence Task Force.

“I want to work for a collective solution to end the violence in my community and rebuild the community,” Holiday added.

The goal of the meeting was to hear from kids — the group most affected by gang violence — about ways to halt the problem in their community.

Read the full article at DNAinfo.com

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