The Community Affairs Committee Young Partners (CAC YP) are coming together on Mon., April 23 for a panel discussion titled “A Youth Town Hall on Gun Violence” to share their thoughts and ideas on how to squash gun violence in Birmingham area high schools.
The CAC YP, a group of young professionals in Birmingham stems from the original Community Affairs Committee (CAC), which has worked since 1969 to create a better community for all citizens throughout the Birmingham metro area by strengthening race relations, advocating for education, supporting improved transit and seeking solutions for the homeless.
“The CAC Young Partners is a group of young ‘Magic City’ citizens who come together to tackle issues affecting the greater Birmingham population,” said Fabrice Julien, CAC YP President. “Our parent board (CAC) has a strong legacy and reputation in the city for improving race relations. Building from this, the CAC Young Partners address timely issues related to civil and human rights. Through advocacy and community-oriented events and projects, the CAC Young Partners creatively address and attempt to bring resolution to important matters.”
One way the CAC YP aims to advance its mission is by creating spaces for dialogue, particularly when it comes to making schools safer.
“The recent tragedies at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and at Huffman High School here in Birmingham moved us to find a way to provide a platform for youth in the area to have their say on gun violence and the havoc it wreaks in communities,” said Jared Nelson, Outreach and Communications Chair for CAC YP.
“We believe that students in Birmingham have a lot to say about what we as adults can do to help keep them safer; they just need a platform to do so. We hope this event can begin an ongoing conversation with students, educators and civic leaders about how to create a safer learning environment.”
“A Youth Town Hall on Gun Violence” will be held Monday, April 23 at the Birmingham Public Library Central Branch in the Arrington Auditorium.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Discussion panel begins at 6pm.
Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive before the discussion kicks off!
Want to help make a difference in Birmingham? Then apply here to become a member of the CAC YP.