Here's a big deal. Marian Wright Edelman, President of the Children's Defense Fund, will speak at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club on July 7, 2009. From the City's press release:
SEATTLE -Mayor Greg Nickels announced today that he will convene a youth violence prevention summit on July 7, 2009. The keynote speaker will be Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund and a nationally recognized advocate for disadvantaged Americans.
Last fall, Nickels proposed the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative with the goal of reducing incidents of youth violence by 50 percent. In his State of the City speech last February, Nickels promised to hold a summit to explore best practices and call our entire community to action.
“This gathering will bring together parents, young people and community members to motivate and support each other in our efforts,” said Nickels. “We are fundamentally changing the way we prevent youth violence. It will take everyone working together to engage our young people and offer them a better path.”
With the theme “Inspiring Hope and Making Change,” the summit begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club/Rainier Valley Teen Center, located at 4520 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Other speakers include Nickels and Mariko Lockhart, director of the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. The summit will also include young people performing and reading poetry. Community groups will staff a resource fair to sign up volunteers and provide help for families in need.